The deadline for bids for Swifty Serve's convenience stores has been extended until 17 December due to enormous interest in the sale.

Swifty Serve, the second-largest privately owned convenience store chain in the US, filed for bankruptcy and closed its headquarters in October. Around 3,200 employees lost their jobs when the 400-plus stores closed.

Evan Gladstone, managing director of the company administering the sale, Real Estate Clearinghouse, said there has been a tremendous surge of interest in the stores since Thanksgiving last week, reported the Associated Press.