Pro’s Ranch Markets filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Arizona on Tuesday. The Southern California-based grocery chain, which caters to Latino customers with imported food products from Mexico and Central America, reportedly anticipates more than $7 million in pre-petition PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) claims from 83 companies. Reports indicate that the company is blaming the filing partly on the aggressive attitude toward immigrants, particularly Latinos, in Arizona—where the majority of the company’s stores are located.
Pro’s Ranch is owned by the Provenzano family, which opened the first Pro’s Ranch in Southern California in 1982. Twenty years later, in 2002, the company launched its first store in Phoenix, Ariz., and subsequently opened stores in Texas and New Mexico. Today, the company has 11 stores: seven in Arizona, two in Texas and two in New Mexico. It also has a gas station, three laundromats, an 80,000-s.f. corporate office and warehouse in California and a 151,000-s.f. warehouse in Phoenix.
In late 2012, it was named the Arizona Retailer of the Year by the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance.