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Published reports say that New England-based BJ’s Wholesale Club, the nation’s third largest chain of club stores, could be sold, as private equity firms are performing due diligence on the company’s operations, assets and liabilities.

Among the interested parties: private equity firms Bain Capital Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., along with Vornado Realty Trust; and Kimco Realty. Also reported to be looking at a possible acquisition: Wal-Mart, which could combine BJ’s operations with those of its Sam’s Wholesale Club chain.
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