Belle Foods bankruptcy

Birmingham-based Belle Foods LLC., which filed for bankruptcy Monday, is planning to close 13 of its 57 stores within a month.

A bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday that Belle Foods can close stores in Alabama, Florida and Georgia by Aug. 3 as part of its bankruptcy plan.

The plan calls for the company to sell off assets to try reconciling a $42 million debt.

Stores slated to close in Alabama include Food World locations in Hueytown, Gadsden, Florence, Decatur and Mobile.

Birmingham-based Belle Foods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying the company is struggling to pay debt with revenue from its 57 stores throughout the Southeast. ( ) reports the company, which used to run Bruno's and Food World stores in the Birmingham area, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

   In April, the company announced plans to hire 300 part-time workers at its stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.