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25 Facts About Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter' store was the first in North Carolina to allow customers to select their own groceries off the shelves.
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Harris Teeter ran his own dairy farm and sold products from his dairy in his stores.
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Harris Teeter pioneered the first dairy co-op among local dairy farmers.
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Harris Teeter's father liked the idea and told Don that he should create and run that division of the company, which he did until his retirement in 1995.
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Harris Teeter was the last member of the family who worked for the company.
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Harris Teeter was instrumental in the permanent placement of kindergartens in the South Carolina public school system, and supported the effort to turn Charleston College into what is known today as the College of Charleston.
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Harris Teeter was the manager, Paul, his brother was the produce manager, and Harris Teeter's wife, Sylvia, worked at the store.
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The Harris Teeter brothers believed in exceptional customer service, even having home delivery service.
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Harris Teeter based all he would do on the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.
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Harris Teeter was purchased in 1969 by The Ruddick Corporation, owned and run by the Bourgeois-Dickson Family.
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Hunter provides dairy products to companies and organizations not associated with Harris Teeter, including convenience stores, schools, Lowes Foods private label ice creams, and the Wendy's Frosty.
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In 1981, Harris Teeter was one of the first grocery chains to test plastic grocery bags.
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Harris Teeter originally operated three stores in the greater Jacksonville area when the company expanded into that market in the late 1990s.
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Harris Teeter stores are now separated into 3 regions and 18 districts.
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Harris Teeter said this decision was based on focusing on larger, urbanized, and more upscale areas rather than rural, middle-market areas.
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In 2012, Harris Teeter closed its stores in Asheville, Hickory, Shelby, Morganton, and two stores in Gastonia.
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Harris Teeter had been established in these markets for at least the last half-century.
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Harris Teeter operates a number of prototype stores in their seven state layout.
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Harris Teeter became a subsidiary of Kroger and continued to operate under the Harris Teeter brand.
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In June 2015, Harris Teeter exited the crowded Nashville market, where its growth was stunted by aggressive competition from Publix, as well as other specialty grocers such as Trader Joe's, The Fresh Market, and Whole Foods, which all opened stores in the proximity of Harris Teeter locations.
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