What's In Store

Harris Teeter planning big upgrades for Cotswold store

As rival Publix moves ahead with its new store across the street, Harris Teeter plans to expand its prominent Cotswold supermarket, adding a second level and new amenities.

The Matthews-based grocer filed a rezoning request with the city this week that would expand the existing “building area.” The market is currently about 54,000 square feet, and upon completion, the store will be approximately 58,000 square feet, Harris Teeter spokeswoman Danna Robinson told the Observer.

Part of that addition includes a second floor, which will have a wine bar, a public eating area, a Starbucks kiosk, restrooms and an outside seating area with a covered roof.

Additional store changes include an updated U-scan arrangement, a new aged beef program, a new customer service area, updated lighting and additional pizza ovens.

“Remodels not only help us continue to operate at the highest level possible on behalf of our customers, they also give us the opportunity to introduce more sustainable features as well,” Robinson said.

The two other Harris Teeter stores in Charlotte with second floors are at Queens and Providence roads, and on Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood.

The proposed rezoning portion of the Cotswold store affects approximately 2.19 acres on the west side of Randolph Road between Woodlark Lane and South Sharon Amity Road.

That’s the area near Smashburger and the strip of parking on the east side of the building.

A plan for the proposed expansion shows that it would require reconfiguring a small amount of that parking. In all other respects, the previously approved Cotswold zoning plan would remain unchanged, according to the development summary.

A public hearing to approve the plan is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Directly across Randolph Road from the Harris Teeter, Publix plans to open a 46,000-square-foot store in 2016.

It’s not unusual for shoppers to see Publix and Harris Teeter stores close to one another as the two stores compete for the same customer demographic. Publix opened a South End store this spring, for example, and construction on a new Harris Teeter store three blocks away will likely begin this year.

The Florida-based grocery chain began its foray into the competitive Charlotte grocery store market by opening a Publix in Ballantyne in early 2014. Publix currently operates 11 stores in the Charlotte area.

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