Troubled Bella's Market chain selling 4 stores; Change may bring fresh food to rural residents

Shoppers have faced empty shelves for months

HAXTUN, Colo. - The owner of the troubled Bella's Market grocery chain tells 7NEWS he is selling four stores in Haxtun, Akron, Walden and Wiggins.

Owner Sam Mancini says he expects the deal to be completed by Thursday.

That means the people in these small towns may finally be able to get food on the shelves. Mancini promised the Wellington store, which he still owns, will be fully stocked by next week. He has already sold his stores in Bella and Stratton.

7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen first started covering the financially troubled grocery chain in June, after people in these rural towns said they were being held in food limbo with empty grocery store shelves and almost no fresh produce as Mancini worked through legal issues.

Some people in Walden, for example, have had to drive 120-mile round trips to get fresh food.

Now, the wheels are turning, and new owners are expected to restock grocery stores and bring relief to long-frustrated residents.

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