Come February 1, 1960, the stores had consolidated the nine Harris Super Markets and six Teeter stores to form Harris Teeter Super Markets into Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. changing the signs on the stores they owned around North Carolina.
NYSE KR , was co-founded in 1960 by North Carolina grocers W.T. Harris and Willis Teeter.
The first store opened in Kannapolis, NC. By 1963, Harris Teeter operated twenty-five stores and subsequently bought five stores from Tillman s Grocery and two small stores in Charlotte and Gastonia.
Co-founder W.L. Teeter was active in the Mooresville Kiwanis Club and president in 1965.
In 1969, the Ruddick holding company bought Harris Teeter.
In 1970, the chain introduced the Big M discount concept to compete with Colonial Stores Big Star discount chain and A P's WEO . Those stores were mainly in working-class neighborhoods, while middle and upper-class areas retained Harris Teeter.
Teeter passed away on June 30, 1980, following a lengthy illness.
In 1980, Harris Teeter bought their first dairy to start producing their own milk, ice cream, and other dairy products, which they still do today.
Harris Teeter's 1980 acquisition of the Hunter Farms dairy in High Point, North Carolina, enabled the company to substantially reduce dairy costs.
In 1981, Harris Teeter was one of the first grocery chains to test plastic grocery bags.
In 1984, Harris Teeter purchased several Food World stores in and around Greensboro.
Since 1984, Harris Teeter has focused more on higher-income urban sites.
During the drought of 1986, which so adversely affected local farmers, Harris Teeter joined the NC Department of Agriculture in an effort to help out.
The store first brought him on board in 1992.
He started out in the department that his father told him to run, and he remained with the company until 1995, when he retired from the business.
By 2000, competition forced Harris Teeter to close its Atlanta market and sell several South Carolina stores.
The first department to be branded was the meat department, which in June 2002 began offering Harris Teeter Rancher beef.
Harris Teeter remained successful and in 2002 opened its Rancher Beef Program providing consumers with a wide array of fresh beefs.
In 2003, Harris Teeter introduced the Farmer s Market concept into the produce section as another step towards their dedication to providing the freshest, highest quality produce.
The store also has a jingle called My Harris Teeter which is a slogan put to music that began in 2004.
As of August 2007, Harris Teeter had over 18,000 employees, and is the second largest supermarket chain in North Carolina, with Food Lion being number one.
The first store in Washington, D.C., opened in 2008.
In 2010, within 48 hours, Harris Teeter launched a Haiti Earthquake Relief campaign - associates and shoppers raised 638,549 and the company contributed 25,000 bringing the total gift to 663,549 for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
The chain's expansion into Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood was originally set for 2010.
As of fiscal year 2011, Harris Teeter garnered 4.3 billion in revenues.
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In June 2012, Harris Teeter announced the closure of six locations outside the Charlotte core, and its purchase of ten Lowes Foods stores in the Charlotte region.
They were named to the list of the Top 75 Retailers Wholesalers in the thirty fourth position in 2012 by Supermarket News.
After selling its only other holding, American and Efird Thread, Ruddick changed its name to Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. in 2012.
An announcement was made in July of 2013 that the Kroger Company had plans to acquire Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.
While Kroger purchased Harris Teeter in 2013, Harris and Teeter would undoubtedly be proud of their store's legacy.
The merger closed on January 29, 2014, upon which chairman Thomas Dickson-Bourgeois announced his retirement.
The first of those closed in February, another was permanently closed in June, and the remaining three were converted to Kroger stores by 2016 one of which replaced a nearby existing Kroger store .
The chain's largest store is opened in Winter 2018 at the New Bern Marketplace in New Bern, North Carolina, totaling up to 100,000 square feet.
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