Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kroger exiting Greenville, NC


Kroger was once a ubiquitous part of North Carolina's grocery scene, with presence in virtually all of the major markets. These days, Kroger's presence is primarily in the immediate Triangle area, with one exception - a store in Greenville, NC. However, that's about to change. The last Kroger holdout in the eastern part of the state is set to close and be replaced by a Harris Teeter-a chain that is growing its presence in Eastern North Carolina.

According to the Greenville Daily Reflector and WITN, Harris Teeter is buying the Kroger Location at University Commons Shopping Center. According to the center's owner, Centro Properties, Kroger encompasses 67,722 square feet (which would make it one of the largest grocery stores in the state). However, after the renovation, the Harris Teeter store will only be 53,000 square feet.

Does this move symbolize the direction that Kroger may be heading in? Charlotte, the Piedmont Triad and The Sandhills no longer have Kroger, could their time be limited in the Triangle as well? Or will Kroger their focus on The Triangle as the mid-market grocery store for that region? Judging by many of the comments on The Daily Reflector's page, Greenville residents are sad to see Kroger go as one user posted "we no longer have a grocery store for the average Joe."

5 comments:

Steven Swain said...

This looks almost identical to the old Kroger on Wendover in Greensboro. I don't think any stores of this vintage survived as Krogers.

San Juan said...

67k square feet? Sounds just like the Winn-Dixie we had in Elizabeth City. At 65k s.q., it was the chain's largest location in NC, and reputedly in the entire company. Too bad they aren't in NC anymore. Maybe when they reentrench themselves, WD will return.

Anonymous said...

The Kroger's I've seen in the Triangle are in great locations and seem very busy. They gotta be making good money.

Anonymous said...

I worked at that Kroger for a day back in 1994. 1 day and that was enough.

Ken said...

Now this will fall under Kroger ownership again. I'm sure the HT name will remain in place in North Carolina and York Co., SC and in DC metro but I would bet the remaining Virginia and South Carolina locations are rebranded as Kroger.