INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets has filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to continue its business operations while seeking a buyer for all or part of the 86-year-old grocery store chain.

All of the company’s 44 locations — including a Marsh Hometown Market grocery store in Columbus — will continue normal operations throughout the bankruptcy process, the company announced Thursday.

Marsh filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware.

The Chapter 11 filing permits daily operations to continue without interruption. The stores will remain open and serving customers, employees will continue to receive their usual salary and benefits, and goods and services purchased by the company will be paid for in the ordinary course of business, the company announced.

The filing triggers an automatic stay, which precludes the company from paying amounts owed for pre-petition goods and services without a court order.

Its Columbus store is located at 3075 E. 25th Street. Until 2013, it also operated a Hometown Market store at 2710 State St. in Columbus.

Read more in Friday’s edition of The Republic.