The decision to file for Chapter 7 was made during a meeting of Outfox’s board of directors, who reviewed the financial condition of the company and each of its subsidiaries.

Foxtrot files for bankruptcy

Foxtrot Market has officially filed for bankruptcy. Retrieved from Foxtrot website.

Dive Brief:

  • Outfox Hospitality, parent company of Foxtrot Market and Dom’s Kitchen & Market, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • The decision to file for Chapter 7 was made during an April 23 meeting with Outfox’s board of directors, who reviewed the financial condition of the company and each of its direct and indirect subsidiaries. According to the bankruptcy petition, Outfox has an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 creditors as well as between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities.
  • This bankruptcy filing comes nearly a month after Foxtrot and Dom’s unexpectedly ceased operations, and the combined company’s sudden demise has become a major talking point in the c-store and grocery industries.

Dive Insight:

Last Friday in a foreclosure sale for Foxtrot’s and Dom’s assets, Foxtrot was listed as a debtor, with JPMorgan Chase as its secured creditor. Even though Outfox had yet to file for bankruptcy at that time, those titles indicated an official filing probably was imminent.

According to the petition, all officers of Outfox, Foxtrot and Dom’s have been “terminated and removed” from the combined company, effective immediately. Caroline Barry, Outfox’s secretary and treasurer who was at one point Foxtrot’s vice president of strategy, will serve as the company’s designated representative during its bankruptcy process.

The filing notes that all 35 Foxtrot locations and two Dom’s stores still may have perishable goods on shelves and are “in need of immediate attention.”

The Chapter 7 trustee and attorney representing Outfox did not respond by press time when asked for comment.

Foxtrot’s inventory, intellectual property, accounts and other assets that JPMorgan had security interest in were sold for $2.2 million in last week’s foreclosure sale to holding company Further Point Enterprises. The assets for Dom’s — which had a starting price of $200,000 — were not acquired.

Chicago-based Foxtrot, which became popular over the past few years for its fresh food and niche and local products, merged with Dom’s last November to form Outfox. Shortly after the deal, the combined company’s CEO stepped down and former Whole Foods executive Rob Twyman took the top leadership role.

  • Foxtrot’s assets auctioned for $2.2M in what one attendee called a ‘completely ramrodded’ process By Brett Dworski • May 13, 2024
  • Dom’s, Foxtrot cease operations By Catherine Douglas Moran, Brett Dworski • Updated April 23, 2024
  • Pardon the Disruption: What the sudden loss of Foxtrot and Dom’s means for retail By Jeff Wells • April 30, 2024

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