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Marsh files for bankruptcy

Marsh said that under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, stores will operate, customer programs will continue and employees will receive pay and benefits.

At some stores, like the Hoyt Avenue location in Muncie and others previously announced for closing near the end of the month, store closing sales will continue.

The 86-year-old company, under Marsh family control until its 2006 sale to Florida investment firm Sun Capital, has struggled with increasing costs and competition from Kroger, Wal-Mart, Meijer and Target in recent years.

For regional chains, competing against national grocery sellers is hard because national chains can get much better prices from suppliers, Phil Howard, associate professor in community sustainability at Michigan State University, told The Star Press this week.

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