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Harris Teeter considers $4M expansion of Union County site

Harris Teeter is considering investing $4 million and adding 50 jobs to expand a distribution center in Union County.

To entice the grocery store chain, the county on Thursday said it will hold a public hearing to consider providing up to $66,000 in economic development incentives over a five-year period. County commissioners have set the hearing date for Sept. 3.

County officials said Harris Teeter was considering adding a 50,000-square-foot building to its existing distribution facility in Indian Trail.

Union County is up against at least two other communities for the project, in Virginia and central North Carolina, said Chris Platé, executive director for Monroe-Union County Economic Development. He declined to speculate on the county’s chances for landing the project but said he hoped to have a decision by the end of the year.

Based on the company’s projected investment of $4 million, Union County said Harris Teeter would pay an estimated $132,000 in property taxes on the new property over the five-year period of the grant, at current tax levels.

The county would fund the incentives with general fund revenues.

The existing center covers 580,000 square feet and has been in Indian Trail since 1979, Platé said. About 365 people work there.

In July, the Matthews-based company agreed to be purchased by Kroger Co. of Cincinnati for more than $2.4 billion.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell
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