Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc., a wholesale food distribution company, said it filed voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday.
The company employs 530 people. Affiliated said the governor’s dislocated worker task force will begin meeting with employees “at once” to provide assistance.
Workers were seen leaving Affiliated’s warehouse on Monday with boxes of personal belongings. None would speak on the record, but most said they were taking belongings home in anticipation of the company closing its doors.
Affiliated operates corporate retail stores, including Harvest Food and Piggly Wiggly locations, with 900 employees. The company said it is now selling those stores. Some stores are planning to close, according to report Monday by Arkansas Business news partner Today’s THV.
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