Indiana’s alcohol laws are the reason why.

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Marsh could close 16 more stores, including both locations Downtown and another in Broad Ripple, unless the financially troubled grocery chain finds a buyer soon, the company told state labor officials.

Marsh on Monday notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that it may be forced to layoff 1,464 workers at stores in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Carmel, Zionsville and other locations by July.

“The company is currently seeking buyers or business partners that would allow our locations to continue operations and avoid closures,” Marsh said in the notice.

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Marsh officials blamed its financial problems on “unexpected difficulties and increased competition” that led to poor sales.

“We deeply regret and understand the uncertainty this action will cause our valued employees and the community,” Marsh said in the notice.

Six Indianapolis stores are on the list:

•5151 E. 82nd St.,

•1435 W. 86th St.,

•6965 W. 38th St.,

•2350 Broad Ripple Ave.,

•227 W. Michigan St.

•320 N. New Jersey St.

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