Somerfield is being tipped as a likely bidder for the 30 former BP and Safeway stores put on the market by Morrisons.
Despite being the focus of takeover speculation itself, Somerfield remains on the acquisition trail. Last month it purchased 118 forecourts from Texaco and 22 from Fuelforce.
A Morrisons spokesman said that it had received some unsolicited approaches but no formal offers had yet been received. He said at this stage Morrisons would prefer to sell all 30 stores in one package.
Somerfield refused to comment but one retail analyst said that with its track record in forecourts and its national distribution network, it was the most likely contender.
However, Morrisons could be forced to look to one of its main rivals should Somerfield become distracted by the current bid activity for its own busines.
The analyst said: “While Morrisons was unwilling to sell many bigger outlets to other multiples, it will have less of a problem when it comes to c-stores. This may prompt a bid from Tesco or Sainsbury.”
Any deal for the 30 stores is likely to raise more than £21m.