What's In Store

What’s the status of construction on the Harris Teeter in Belmont?

Belmont residents are likely wondering what is going on with the new Harris Teeter on South Point Road. Work on the building was supposed to begin earlier this year at the site across from South Point High School.

But it may be a while before construction begins.

Alex Robinson, senior planner for the city of Belmont, told the Observer that the city has resolved issues with the N.C. Transportation Department, including whether and where to put a traffic signal and turn lanes. City planners still need to receive and review construction plans from the firm handling construction, Raley Miller Properties.

Raley Miller could not be reached for comment.

The firm has not given “any indication” as to when it will submit the plans, Robinson said, though planners “eagerly await them.” The main thrust of the review for engineers will be the site’s utilities, Robinson said.

“I think it will be a couple of months in review, maybe a month or two before we even get them. So if that pushes it into late fall, early winter, then the weather is a factor,” he added.

Harris Teeter spokeswoman Danna Robinson confirmed that the grocer had signed a lease in Belmont, but said it is “far too early” to provide any additional details.

Matthews-based Harris Teeter is the No. 2 grocery store in the Charlotte area by market share, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

The grocery chain, which was purchased by Ohio-based Kroger last year, has over 230 stores across eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 60 in the Charlotte region. According to its website, this would be the sole Harris Teeter in Belmont.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta