In upcoming days we may know a great deal more than we do now about the value strategic buyers and financial players place on supermarket assets. Next week, bids for three supermarket chains being marketed are due to Ahold, the beleaguered Dutch supermarket operator. Ahold's chains on the block are Bi-Lo and Bruno's, both in the Southeast, and Superdiplo in Spain. There have been few transactions of substantially sized retailers in recent time -- with one notable exception -- so it will be ...

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