Plaza Midwood businesses hope Harris Teeter brings opportunities

Plaza Midwood businesses hope Harris Teeter brings opportunities

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 9:58 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They seem to be everywhere: Harris Teeter Grocery Stores. But one part of town is hoping the new store in their neighborhood will bring more than convenience.

The newly remodeled Harris Teeter, one of the chain’s original stores from the 1950s, will open on Wednesday.

Business owners nearby are hoping the excitement will translate to opportunities for them, too.

“[We hope] that this will be a destination point in this neighborhood-- this corner, so that people can come here and get ice cream, get groceries and hang out in the book store,” said Lee Rathers, whose family owns "Book Buyers", a used book store on the The Plaza. 

Rathers also has a vegan and eco-friendly store within the bookstore, called “The Greener Apple”.

Residents like Melissa Gibson are excited and relieved. Gibson says she’s biked as much as 20 minutes to make it to the grocery store.

“I’m 28, I cook, grocery shop, so it's a good place. It looks big. It looks like it has a lot to offer,” said Gibson.

The store opens Wednesday at 8 a.m. It boasts an outdoor sitting area, a rooftop eating area, a 40-foot cheese bar, a wine shop and a live roof, that will collect storm water and help control pollution on the plaza.

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