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."