Harris Teeter will open its first gas station in North Carolina Wednesday.
The grocer is opening a supermarket and a fuel center at 8 a.m. at 12190 University City Blvd. in Harrisburg’s Caldwell Crossing shopping center, which is about 10 minutes from UNC Charlotte.
The 53,000-square-foot store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will offer amenities typical to a new Harris Teeter store, including a fresh fruit bar, self-serve olives, sub shop, free blood pressure testing and Express Lane online shopping.
Harris Teeter’s seven-pump gas station in Harrisburg is the company’s third; it operates two others in South Carolina.
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The grocer also plans to one day open another gas station in Charlotte’s Steele Creek area, property records show.
Kroger started implementing some of its own initiatives at Harris Teeter stores when it completed its acquisition of the Matthews-based grocery chain in January 2014. At the time, Kroger said it was considering bringing gas stations to Harris Teeter stores.
Experts say adding gas stations is one more way Harris Teeter is giving itself an edge in the increasingly competitive Charlotte grocery industry, especially as rival Publix continues to grow. Harris Teeter has also taken other steps, including upgrading existing locations or adding new ones close to rival stores.