MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter Supermarkets last week said it had received an offer to acquire the company from two private equity firms and had subsequently engaged J.P. Morgan to evaluate its strategic alternatives. A potential auction of the 200-store chain — considered to be one of the best conventional supermarket operators in the country — could generate between $2 billion and $2.5 billion and attract the attention of numerous additional suitors, observers said ...
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