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Walmart, other grocers are considering acquiring Grubhub

Executives from Walmart and at least three other grocers have mulled acquiring food-delivery service Grubhub, an industry consultant says.

Executives of Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons and Ahold-Delhaize, the owner of Hannaford and Stop & Shop and other supermarkets, are considering how an acquisition of the Chicago company could help them with food delivery and groceries, according to supply-chain consultant and ex-Amazon executive Brittain Ladd.

“I have spoken with executives from each company (especially Walmart) and there is interest in acquiring Grubhub,” Ladd told The Post. “I believe the value of Grubhub to Walmart is that they could leverage Grubhub for delivering food and groceries. In addition, it would accelerate Walmart’s ability to get into ‘dark kitchens,’ which is an area full of potential,” he said, referring to kitchens that prepare food for delivery only with no retail presence.

On Wednesday, Grubhub’s stock closed up 12.5 percent to $54.75 a share on a Wall Street Journal report that said Grubhub has tapped advisors to help it review its strategic options, including a sale.

But the company, which also owns food delivery company Seamless, has been on the auction block for months with no bidders, The Post reported Wednesday, citing a person with direct knowledge of the sale.

Grubhub, which warned of an abrupt decline in orders in its third-quarter, is down less than 1 percent in intraday trading Thursday to $54.36 a share.

GrubHub declined to comment for this story and Walmart could not immediately be reached for comment.