A lawsuit involving half a dozen Gordy’s Markets (including stores at Ladysmith, Chetek and Barron) and the store chain’s largest creditor, Minneapolis, Minn.-based Nash-Finch, has been delayed for at least a month.
On Jan. 30, 2019, Chippewa Falls-based Gordy’s Market, Inc., met a legal deadline to challenge Nash-Finch’s court action.
In a bylined story by WQOW TV reporter Stephen Kelley, Eau Claire, Gordy’s lawyers challenged the Nash-Finch action because it was “rushed,” the Jan. 30 deadline didn’t give the grocer time to review documents, and that “providing money for the receiver, Nash-Finch is propping up the sale value of its own collateral in the case, for its own benefit.”
The next court date for the case is a motion hearing at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, before Chippewa County Circuit Court Judge James M. Isaacson, according to Circuit Court documents.
Barron store personnel have declined to comment on the suit, referring questions to store officials Dan and Jeff Schafer.
Dan Schafer did not immediately respond to a News-Shield question about whether the Barron store would be affected by the court action in terms of store hours, staffing and inventory.
Unlike a previous legal action filed by Nash-Finch in early 2018, the local Gordy’s store appears to be well stocked and staffed.
In its latest action, filed Jan. 3, 2019, Nash Finch is seeking $46,238,151, according to the lawsuit filed in Chippewa County Circuit Court.