Tesco, which has been linked to the acquisition of Polish grocery chain Zabka, may not be the leading contender for the retailer, a report claimed today (23 February), with a private-equity firm more likely to buy the business.

According to Reuters, several sources have dismissed suggestions that Tesco is close to acquiring the chain. “A private-equity fund is a much more likely buyer,” an unnamed source said.

The reports follow claims in the Polish press today that suggested Tesco is close to acquiring the chain.

just-food understands that private-equity firm BC Partners is in the running to acquire Zabka, a chain of 2,300 supermarkets and convenience stores. However, it declined to comment on the reports.

A spokesperson for owner Penta Investments reiterated earlier statements that it has not made a decision about the company’s future and that it is still in “various negotiations”.