CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Anyone who lives in Charlotte has likely shopped at Matthews-based Harris Teeter, which was just purchased by Kroger.
Jennifer Adams lives around the corner and shops at the Park Road shopping center location.
“We used to shop at Kroger when I was little in my hometown in Virginia,” she said.
She’s a fan, but says she has grown used to shopping at Harris Teeter.
“We’ve gotten used to the products and the pricing. Hopefully a lot of that won’t change because we have our favorite products.”
The CEO says much won’t change. The name will stay the same and all stores will stay open, as of the current plan.
There are differences, though, in the way the chains operate and what they offer.
Billy Guise gets subs for lunch every day and worries that will go away.
“It’s cheap and good quality,” he said. “I don’t know if they’ll keep that division.”
Kroger’s CEO admits Harris Teeter does “fresh” better, and Kroger does not offer the option to order online like some of the bigger Harris Teeter locations do. The biggest worry customers shared with NBC Charlotte is the idea of losing a local connection.
“Since it’s locally owned, it makes me sad, definitely. Because it’s nice to have a locally owned [store] that understands the city and the people that live in the city,” shopper Natasha Lindsey said.