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Does a two-story Teeter work with kids?

Posted February 12, 2010

I'll admit that I headed over to the new two-story Harris Teeter at North Hills in Raleigh on the day it opened. In fact, I may have been there within an hour of it opening.

I was there for a few reasons. The store is having some really good deals this week to celebrate the opening. I'm not a loyal Teeter shopper, but I like their coupon deals and their meat and seafood selections. And I was excited to have a bigger store closer to me.

But really I was curious whether the two-story layout would work with kids. To test the layout, I took both my kids with me ... the four-year-old and the five-month-old who was strapped in her carseat in the cart.

I was hoping for one of those walking sidewalks liked I'd seen at stores in bigger cities that take shoppers from one floor to the next. So I was a little disappointed to see the elevator. 

The upstairs kind of reminded me of an old-school, small grocery. It was a little dark (had they forgotten to turn the lights on?). This is where you'll find all your toiletries, cereal, paper goods, baking goods, etc. So it will be hard to avoid on a standard shopping trip.

Though the store was not packed with shoppers, we had to wait a couple of turns before we could get on the elevator, which seems to fit just two carts at once. And there's not a lot of space on the first floor to wait. On our way down, we shared the elevator with another mom and her little boy and it got a bit cramped inside.

It's a hassle, but it works. The elevator that takes you to the second floor is a new distraction for the preschooler, though I'm not looking forward to it when the baby's cranky and I need some Cheerios.

What I really love is the parking deck with entrances into the store. No more mad dashes in the rain.

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 17, 2010

    Great job on your savings Sarah! Don't miss the Super Doubles deals this week!

    Hey kittyluvr! Good to see you posting on here! Too bad your expereince at the new HT was not stellar. You may want to call aorporate to weigh in on the new store design, parking, etc. I am sure they would appreciate the feedback. Hope to see you soon!

  • Amomoftwo Feb 13, 2010

    I have been waiting patiently for the new HT to open and have to say that I am very disappointed....I loved the other location and the staff that worked there. The new store does not lend itself to quick trips to the store so I will have to shop at the nearby FL....I found the elevator ride with two other families who had 5 small children (3 of whom where crying) to be very trying....the distance from the parking spaces to the front door was not fun and the random carts in the parking spaces was also a nuisance...I couldn't locate a few very common items like Betty Crocker vanilla frosting and and when I asked about it at the CS desk, they were less than helpful. Odd that they had chocolate and cream cheese ...They were also out of stock on the Crisco Olive Oil but did write a raincheck for me. Several of my coupons didn't go through (2 Ortega products? and Steamfresh veggies) so the CS person had to come over...overall, not the best experience but I do hope it gets better as time goes

  • shall6 Feb 13, 2010

    Faye ... you would be proud. I got $100 worth of groceries for $40 with coupons and all the deals ... and it wasn't even a triples week!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 13, 2010

    Thanks for the scoop, Sarah. I have not made it out there yet, but I will the next time I am in North Raleigh. The milk for $1.99 is such a great deal!

  • shall6 Feb 13, 2010

    We had the little ones, which probably made it seem smaller than it was in there. And I think the other cart was one of those giant race car carts for kids. That's a good idea to start at the top.

  • Scubagirl Feb 13, 2010

    Love the new store, and actually the elevator can hold 4 baskets as long as there are not a lot of people with each basket. Three baskets seems to be the norm though, one just has to position the basket in a manner to allow others. But I do agree, it could be larger or a better way to get upstairs. Guess one should start upstairs and finish down.