Report: Shaw's may be pulled from sale block

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu is having difficulty divesting its New-England-based Shaw’s chain for more than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, and the Minnesota grocery conglomerate may be ready to take down its "for sale" sign.

According to the report, Shaw’s has been on the block for several months with no takers. Many bids from private-equity firms actually came in below the asking price.

The 174-store Shaw’s chain was part of the $11.4 billion Albertsons buyout package in 2006. Supervalu sold off 16 Connecticut-based Shaw’s locations in February to Wakefern.