A key bidder in the recent auction for the assets of New England supermarket chain Grand Union has called for US bankruptcy judge Novalyn Winfield to reject C&S Wholesale's winning bid and order a new auction. This means that the Sainsbury's subsidiary Shaw's must wait to see whether it can keep the 18 Grand Union stores purchased from C&S shortly after the auction (The Grocer, November 25, p16). The court challenge from A&P alleges C&S made illegal arrangements with select bidders, including Ahold, to keep out of the auction on the understanding it would sell them the stores they wanted afterwards. Grand Union's attorney Adam Rogoff has dismissed the claim, insisting "involvement of the other chains was nothing more than a joint bid". {{NEWS }}