The anticipated merger of North Carolina-based Harris Teeter and Kroger grocery stores was officially complete Tuesday.
Both companies have said there are no plans to close any of their combined 2,641 supermarkets. They have not commented on whether the popular Harris Teeter "Super Doubles" programs will continue after the merger.
Kroger Co., the nation's largest grocery store chain, will subsume the Harris Teeter brand but continue to operate stores under that label. Harris Teeter President Fred Morganthall will lead that division.
"We have long respected Harris Teeter’s customer orientation, friendly and professional associates, strong management team, and company values – which are consistent with ours," said W. Rodney McMullen, Kroger CEO.
Harris Teeter's CEO, Thomas W. Dickson, timed his retirement to the completion of the deal, and John Woodlief, who served as Harris Teeter's executive vice president and chief financial officer, is also leaving the company.