Publix Super Markets may be interested in buying a grocery chain with locations throughout the Southeast.
Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. is exploring a sale and has attracted the interest of the Lakeland-based grocery chain, anonymous sources told Bloomberg.
Neither Publix nor another rumored prospective buyer, Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch owner of Stop & Shop stores, has made an offer, according to the report.
First-round bids will be due in mid-March or later, sources said.
Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, N.C., has locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland and Delaware.
The Orlando Business Journal called Publix officials on Friday and a spokeswoman told the paper “there is currently a lot of rumor and speculation; however, that is all it is – rumor.”
To see the original Bloomberg story, go here.
To read the Orlando Business Journal’s follow up, go here.