MUNCIE, Ind. — Marsh Supermarkets — or at least some Marsh locations — might find a last-minute savior as the Hoosier grocer heads further into bankruptcy.

The company has been talking to “interested parties” about some of its 44 remaining locations, a spokesman told The Star Press.

Rumors circulated this week that Giant Eagle, a Pennsylvania-based supermarket company, was looking at some Marsh locations, including the company’s store at McGalliard Road and Wheeling Avenue in Muncie.

Giant Eagle, which has 400 stores from Indiana to Maryland, wouldn’t confirm its interest when contacted by The Star Press.


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“In the 18 months since its opening, the Carmel, Indiana, Market District has become a destination of choice for many area residents,” Dan Donovan, a Giant Eagle spokesman, told The Star Press on Wednesday in reference to Giant Eagle’s first Indiana supermarket. “Our primary focus continues to be on making this store, and our five Central Indiana-area GetGo Cafe Plus Market locations, as impactful as possible for our customers.

“While we also continuously evaluate opportunities for potential growth throughout all of our marketing areas, at this time there are no confirmed plans to expand our supermarket presence throughout Muncie or greater Indiana,” Donovan added.

Thomas Mulligan, a spokesman for Marsh since it began announcing store closings and filed for bankruptcy, confirmed that the Muncie-born supermarket chain was drawing interest from potential buyers or investors.