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Harris Teeter will open its newest Charlotte store on Sept. 19 at Rea Farms, the development underway on a 190-acre former golf course on Providence Road, just south of Interstate 485.
The new Harris Teeter, which replaces the former Rea Village location nearby, opens at 8 a.m. on its first day, according to a statement from the Matthews grocer Wednesday. Among other features, the store has a drive-through pharmacy, a Starbucks and a beer and wine bar. The store will be open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.
The grocery store is 78,000 square feet, nearly twice the size of a typical Harris Teeter or Publix store in the Charlotte region. Grocery industry experts have said it’s not unusual to see supermarkets building bigger, fancier stores as a way to give themselves a competitive edge.
In late 2015, Harris Teeter opened its biggest-ever store in Pinehurst that totals 78,200 square feet.
On opening day, the Rea Farms Harris Teeter will offer a number of promotions and giveaways for customers.
The grocer will waive the $4.95 service fee on all online orders through Oct. 16, for instance. Shoppers will also get $5 off their first four ExpressLane orders of $40 or more. Additionally, customers will also get $25 in VIC-card credit for filling prescriptions at the new store.
Harris Teeter, bought by grocery giant Kroger in 2014, is the biggest grocery chain in the Charlotte region by market share, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.
Rea Farms, built by Lincoln Harris, includes hundreds of apartments and single-family homes, a K-8 magnet school, a Hyatt hotel, office space and dozens of retailers and restaurants, including the Improper Pig, Tandur Indian Kitchen and Pizza Peel. A massive Life Time Athletic gym opened there last year, too.