What's In Store

Two Charlotte-area grocery stores open their doors today

Two big grocery chains open Charlotte-area stores today.

Publix opens its latest 49,000-square-foot supermarket in Rock Hill’s Wedgewood Square shopping center at 1735 Heckle Boulevard at 7 a.m. Among other traditional Publix features, it’ll have a pharmacy, full-service deli, soup and salad bar and a large selection of pre-made meals cooked fresh in-house.

Harris Teeter opens its new 53,000-square-foot Fort Mill, S.C., store in Springfield Town Center at 500 Mercantile Place at 8 a.m. It’ll operate 24 hours a day and will offer, among other amenities, a sit-down eating area, a sub shop, store-made pizza, an in-store Starbucks and a pharmacy.

Both store openings come as Matthews-based Harris Teeter and Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix continue their aggressive expansion into the Charlotte area. It’s not unusual for shoppers to see Publix and Harris Teeter stores within a short distance of one another as the two stores compete for the same customer demographic.

Publix, which just entered the North Carolina market in February of last year, operates 1,097 stores in six states in the South, including 11 in the Charlotte area.

Harris Teeter, which was purchased by Kroger just over a year ago, operates 230 stores in eight states across the Southeast, including 60 in the Charlotte area.

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