NEW YORK -- With speculation over the future of Albertsons providing a fresh backdrop, representatives from three prominent private-equity firms acknowledged that after years away from the table, private equity is reacquiring a taste for retail grocery chains. "I think the environment today is much more attractive than it was seven or eight years ago," said Ron Burkle, managing partner of Yucaipa Cos., the Los Angeles-based private investment company that returned to the supermarket ...

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