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Harris Teeter opens at Providence and Queens

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    Customers Miller Winecoff, left, and August Post enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace on the second level at the Harris Teeter located at Queens and Providence roads. The store, which features other upscale amenities, opened Wednesday.
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    Customers shop the frozen food section at the new Harris Teeter at 1015 Providence Road. The 42,000-square-foot location replaces a smaller Harris Teeter Express.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Customers Elizabeth Moss, left, and Missy Moss walk onto the first floor from the elevator at the new Harris Teeter located at 1015 Providence Road. Shoppers can wheel their shopping carts into the elevator to take them to the second floor where there is a wine bar and a terrace with tables with umbrellas and outdoor furniture.

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Harris Teeter opened its newest Charlotte grocery store Wednesday, a 42,000-square-foot location at the corner of Queens and Providence roads.

To make way for the two-story store, Harris Teeter demolished its old Harris Teeter Express store at that corner. The store was originally an A&P grocery when it was built in 1938.

The new store features amenities such as an outdoor terrace on the second level, an in-store Starbucks and a wine-by-the-glass bar. It’s the second two-story supermarket Harris Teeter has opened in Charlotte this year, as the Matthews-based chain works to renovate and expand its local stores. A new, art deco-style supermarket opened in Plaza Midwood this spring.

As part of the Providence and Queens project, Harris Teeter made improvements to the intersection, long known as one of the city’s trickiest. Those included increasing the waiting space for cars in the right-turn lane on Providence and shortening some crosswalks.

In part due to competitive pressures from high-end grocers such as Publix and low-price companies like Wal-Mart, Harris Teeter agreed to be sold to Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. this year for $2.5 billion. Ely Portillo

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