Bruno's could close stores in Alabama and Florida

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham-based Bruno's
Supermarkets could be on the verge of closing.

Bankrupt and unable to find a buyer, the grocery chain has
notified its 4,200 workers of plans to shut down stores and
eliminate jobs if a purchaser isn't found.

The company already has announced plans to close 10 of its 66
stores, and it said Monday it has no current plans to close more

But it also has said it could liquidate if it can't find a purchaser.

Bruno's wants a bankruptcy judge to void its union contacts, a
move the company said could help attract a buyer.

A union that represents Bruno's employees is opposing that request.

Bruno's has stores in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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