Meijer and Kroger subsidiary Dillons, have recently announced that they will both stop offering double coupon promotions in their stores in August. What is significant about this is that Dillons is the first Kroger-owed division (that is not an actual Kroger) to stop doubling coupons. What that means for the future of Harris Teeter double coupons remains to be seen.
According to an article from CouponsInTheNews.com, the Dillons chain out of Kansas, and it's subsidiary Gerbes, announced that they will stop doubling coupons on August 21, 2013. They are also lowering prices the same way Kroger lowered them here in the Triangle when they stopped doubling in May 2013.
As of August 26, Michigan-based Meijer will also stop doubling coupons in their stores which are located in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Meijer tried to explain the end of the promotion by indicating that less than 5% of their customers use double coupons. Shoppers aren't happy and have been voicing their displeasure on the Meijer Facebook page. You can read more about the end of double coupons at Meijer HERE.
So, what does this mean for Harris Teeter shoppers when Kroger takes over the chain in a few months? That remains to be seen. While Harris Teeter corporate has indicated that many things will stay the same after the purchase is complete, this letter from the Harris Teeter President regarding the sale does not mention anything about the continuation of double coupons.
As the CouponsInTheNews article points out, it will be interesting to see if other Kroger owned divisions like King Soopers and Fry's will also stop double coupons in the near future. If they do, I think it is pretty clear where Harris Teeter will be headed. Let's hope that is not the case. My suggestion is to enjoy double coupons and especially Super Double coupon events while we still have them.