The Marsh supermarket chain has filed for bankruptcy, the latest blow after a spate of store closings that could lead to it closing if it doesn’t find a buyer or partner soon. Here’s how it came to this point.

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Some Indianapolis-area Marsh Supermarkets locations that were gobbled up by grocery giant Kroger Co. could take months to reopen, while others might never become grocery stores again.

Kroger on Wednesday completed its acquisition of 11 shuttered Marsh stores as part of a deal reached through Marsh’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. The company expects to spend about $20 million updating seven buildings, including three Indianapolis-area stores: 227 W. Michigan St. in Downtown Indianapolis and 10679 N. Michigan Road and 5 Boone Village in Zionsville.

But Kroger is leaving four locations in limbo: 1435 W. 86th St. in Indianapolis, 12520 E. 116th St. in Fishers, 2904 S. Ind. 135 in Greenwood and 123 S. Kingston Drive in Bloomington.

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A task force that has been studying the buildings has yet to decide what to do with those sites, Kroger said in a statement.

“The future of the four remaining stores in this purchase will be determined once the team identifies the use that best fits our needs and those of the surrounding community,” Kroger said.

Cincinnati-based Kroger’s options include keeping those stores permanently…