Safeway says exploring possible sale of company

NEW YORK Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:21pm EST

NEW YORK Feb 19 (Reuters) - Safeway Inc is in talks about possibly selling itself, the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator said on Wednesday.

A handful of buyout firms, including Cerberus Capital Management LP, have been exploring a deal for all or part of Safeway, Reuters reported in October.

The company operates supermarkets such as Safeway, Vons and Dominick's.