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Harris Teeter’s Plaza Midwood store reopens May 29

Harris Teeter said Wednesday that its expanded Central Avenue store in Plaza Midwood will reopen on May 29.

The company didn’t specify how much it spent demolishing the old store there and rebuilding it into a 45,000-square-foot, two-story Art Deco style supermarket. Building permits show the project cost more than $6 million.

In addition to being expanded and updated, the store also features mosaics by Charlotte-born artist Tom Thoune and “sculptural bike racks” for patrons.

Central Ave. was the location of W.T. Harris’ first store, opened in 1936 down the street from the current location. Harris Teeter says it was the city’s first air-conditioned grocery store and the first to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights.

Matthews-based Harris Teeter is also scheduled to release its second-quarter earnings on Thursday. The company announced earlier this year that it is exploring a possible sale of itself after being approached by two private equity funds.

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