Supervalu seeks bids for whole company, despite buyer interest in pieces

Supervalu Inc. advisers are asking potential buyers to bid for the entire business even as several suitors have inquired about individual parts of the grocery company, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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Supervalu Inc. advisers are asking potential buyers to bid for the entire business even as several suitors have inquired about individual parts of the grocery company, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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