Bashas' Inc. has cut benefits to many of the company's 10,000 employees in an effort to trim costs as the Chandler-based supermarket chain gets ready to emerge from bankruptcy protection early next year.

Bashas' canceled benefits for many part-time workers on Oct. 3 when it raised the threshold for benefit eligibility to 30 hours per week from 20.

The move was retroactive from July 1 so employees who worked less than 390 hours during the period were cut from the benefit rolls.

The company would not say Monday how many employees lost their benefits as a result of the change.

Bashas' also canceled vision and dental benefits for all workers, but made provisions for an optional dental plan that could be paid for by employees.

Bashas' operates A.J. Fine Foods, Food City and Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits stores in addition to its signature supermarkets. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July.