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Kroger, H-T deal done; no plans for stores to close

Posted January 29, 2014

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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.

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  • ClaytonCoupClipper Jan 31, 2014

    If HT/Kroger does away with HTs OUTSTANDING coupon policy, I guess that will be one less store to shop for me. :( (Not that there is one very close to me, but I do go if the deals are right)

  • mokesky Jan 30, 2014

    Publix is the whole reason for this. They are coming and will be coming strong! They have the best deli, bakery, meat & seafood and you do not need a card to get a sale item. They are a Fortunes Top 100 to work for. HT, Lowes, Kroger just cannot compair.

  • pammysue30 Jan 30, 2014

    I cannot read the comments any more. I also have not received my Wednesday email from Harris Teeter.

  • DianeNC Jan 30, 2014

    SINENOMINE - As I mentioned in my previous posts, and as MTMKJR shared, I don't think anyone is saying that Harris Teeter's prices are the best (although contrary to what Kroger's media advertisements claim, Kroger's prices aren't much better...) - the difference is in the great sales and excellent coupon policies that HT has, that not only make many of their items ending up costing less than Kroger, but in many cases free. Can't argue with free, LOL.

  • andyasumtneer Jan 29, 2014

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    DIANENC, you may be correct as I last regularly shopped Kroger in 2012. I just remember my Kroger card being tied to my address and receiving coupons on a quarterly, if not more frequent basis. Kroger also, in my opinion, had better store brands (for better prices) than any other store, H-T included. Maybe Kroger's does not double coupons, but at least for the one in Fuquay-Varina, it was a very enjoyable experience and a one-stop shop for everything (can't do that at H-T) and most importantly, I avoided Wal-Mart! :-)

  • ThomasG Jan 29, 2014

    WHen i got married 27 years ago , HT was too expensive and location was out fo the way for us so we never got in the habit of going there .
    I think that no store is 100% perfect .
    OVer the years, Kroger has always been convenient for me & my family - It was the only store open late night many years ago when we needed something on my way home late night ( I work shifts ). I have never gotten bad food , milk or rude/bad service at Kroger .
    I can not judge current HTs - many were probably not even open the last tiem I was in an HT (Northgate in Durham or maybe the old Guess Road location ). I would be interested in checking one out when my schedule allows me ample time .

  • mtmkjr Jan 29, 2014

    And as far as customer service, even though you have one well run store, Kroger just doesn't get the high ratings that HT does. Even the Kroger CEO acknowledges that Harris Teeter preforms better. Here's a comment I found on couponsinthenews.com: ["Company officials say they likely have more to learn from Harris Teeter than Harris Teeter has to learn from Kroger. Harris Teeter is known for its more upscale stores, product selection and customer service – more so than Kroger – and Kroger execs say they’re looking forward to studying their new acquisition and possibly replicating their best practices in other Kroger-owned chains. “They do fresh better than us. They do very well in their customer scores,” Kroger’s McMullen told the Cincinnati Enquirer late last year"]

  • mtmkjr Jan 29, 2014

    @sinenomine, do you use coupons?
    Because I think that's the other factor that's missing in the comparisons. What you say is absolutely true if coupons are not part of the equation. If they aren't, then your shopping cart with different items may very well be cheaper than mine at Kroger vs. Harris Teeter.
    But if I buy the identical items at HT and then at Kroger, and I use the same coupons at both stores, HT will win hands down.
    If I took my entire shopping list and compared the prices I would have paid at Kroger with their mediocre promos to Harris Teeter double coupons, $/$$ promos, Super-doubles, Triples... well, my wallet votes HT.

  • sinenomine Jan 29, 2014

    I've already added my two cents worth regarding what I believe to be the case regarding cleanliness, friendliness of staff, etc. as between Kroger's and HT.

    As far as which store is the less expensive overall that is going to depend on what's in your shopping cart. You and I can go to the same store and emerge with two very different impressions. It may be that one store is cheaper than the other with regard to the particular items I routinely buy but more expensive with regard to the items you routinely buy; any comparison between Kroger's and HT is meaningless unless we know what's on your particular shopping list.

    That said the particular mix of items which I routinely buy is almost always more expensive at HT than at Kroger's or, for that matter, Food Lion or any other comparable store I have patronized.

  • ctya Jan 29, 2014

    I will just wait and see how things go. I already see new faces at the HT in Fuquay and the one on 1010/401. One store has a very rude new CS manager. I don't think she really likes coupons. But in time we will see. I just started shopping HT two years ago when I started couponing. If I did not coupon I would not shop there, the prices are just to high. But hands down they do offer great prices with the coupons and stacking. Will wait and see. I'm not going to release negative comments just yet. I don't think Kroger will ruin a positive thing.

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