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Harris Teeter shoppers vent about possible sale

Posted February 13, 2013
Updated February 14, 2013

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported that Harris Teeter is considering putting itself up for sale. What will this mean for all of the loyal Harris Teeter shoppers out there? Well that depends on who buys the chain.

Reuters reported that Kroger and Publix would likely be interested in the Matthews, NC-based grocer. Publix has just entered the Charlotte market with stores in South Carolina and Kroger has stores throughout North Carolina.

According to the reports, Harris Teeter shares increased 6.6% with the news of a possible sale. At this point, they have retained the financial company J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Until there is an actual buyer, there is no telling what will happen to Harris Teeter, double coupons and Super Double coupons.

As many of you posted on the blog this morning, it would be a shame to see Harris Teeter stores bought by a company that does not offer the kinds of deals we see now. But if that does happen, we'll just work that much harder to find the best deals and make ends meet.

Feel free to vent your sadness, frustration, utter hopelessness (just kidding) and general thoughts on the possible sale of Harris Teeter.


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  • Rebelyell Feb 20, 2013

    Their weak management just says buy us all over. Unfortunately the buyer will be trying to get a quick return, that means they will cut service and quality while buying many advertisements telling us how much better service and quality they now have. Bean counters and investors have ruined quality throughout USA.

  • Big Mike Feb 17, 2013

    Compared to Food Lion, Krogers,and Lowe's Foods...Harris Teeters is more expensive despite using a VIC card...Their stores are nicer inside, but nicer doesn't put food on the table.

  • aewagner87 Feb 16, 2013

    No no no no no! This is the only grocery store i use on a regular basis! I dont want to have to find a. New place to shop :(

  • JohnFLob Feb 16, 2013

    Want fresh produce? Get your hands dirty and start a garden plot. Then you will know exactly how the food was grown.

    Also saves gas, travel time, and money. For $1.00 to $2.00 spent on a package of seeds you can grow several dollars worth of vegetables.

    I started small, one 4'x8' plot. Each year I add another one. Now I have six. My family and I have enjoyed 100's of dollars worth of food from our garden. What can be fresher than a tomato pick just a few minutes before it goes in your salad on on a sandwich?

    Use the Internet and search for topics such as square foot gardening. There are several sites with written and/or video instruction and links to gardening resources.

  • jenarndtconley Feb 15, 2013

    All I have to say is WEGMANS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider buying Harris Teeter out. I will give up my double and triple coupons just to have you around the block again!! For those that don't know about WEGMANS grocery stores they are the #1 grocery store chain.

  • Goodone2 Feb 14, 2013

    JMA47-You are SO right. I my husband and I are hard working and are always looking to save money. I am NEVER above clipping coupons or eating whats on sale. And believe it or not,there are so many people that dont bother to coupon like most of us on here do. Im not extreme but I DO have a stock pile :) I know that HT is building out on 42 Clayton. I feel surprised if they are selling. I can only hope for policies to stay like HT if bought out. I dont like Walmart and if HT is gone, I will have to financially adjust and make trips to Aldi.

  • scoutmomof2 Feb 14, 2013


    HT is the only local grocery that allows the use of paper coupons stacked with their digital coupons. Only they and Lowe's do super doubles and on a regular basis doubles up to 99 cents. Kroger doubles to 50 cents but that might change (they have already announced that they will no longer double in Ohio, KY and Tenn.) Food Lion does not double at all. Publix does double but how much depends on the area and I don't think they do super doubles. I do not know very much about Wegman's.

  • nstutt Feb 14, 2013

    Does anyone know how unique HT with their super doubles/triples is to the entire grocery chain world? So far, from reading all these posts, the following chains do not compare when it comes to coupons: Food Lion, Lowes, Kroger, Publix, Wegman's. And I would add Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo to the does not compare list.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 14, 2013

    Official press release from HT abotu possibly selling:

  • drcyndimd Feb 14, 2013

    geoherb1 - Costco is wonderful for items like lightbulbs, batteries, hearing aids, generic Rxs, etc. & some bulk items (with Costco coupons)when large quantities are needed for hosting parties. Their prime(restaurant grade) beef is awesome & typically $7.99, which is affordable b/c I save money by using coupons at HT. However, for the most part, HT is still less expensive when using eVic & coupons while matching sales at the same time. Where else will you get Tide Boost for free, or Pantene products for $.50 each, or Smart Balance milk for free? I shop at all 4 of the stores you listed, but the savings at HT far surpasses any other store in the Triangle area.