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Two more stores stop double coupons in U.S.

Posted August 7, 2013

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, 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.


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  • ladyluvbug177 Aug 8, 2013

    I'm sure this has been said, but HT will need to do some serious lowering of prices if they stop doubling coupons.

  • scoutmomof2 Aug 8, 2013

    I have noticed that about Kroger also. You need to watch their "sales" prices to. They Jif was 2.99 minus $1 if you bought 5 items. But HT had it on sale for $2 at the same time.

  • KittenClaws Aug 8, 2013

    I've also not noticed very many lowered prices at Kroger. But I have noticed some have risen. So I guess the thing is that they will lower some, raise some and the store will not see a difference overall.

    I believe the double coupons are being discontinue because they were beginning to become quite popular. Possible due to the TV shows that started touting HUGE INFLATED savings. Most people couldn't get the kind of saving those people were getting because of store policies but it did make people aware that they could be saving on groceries. But I think it has backfired for those of us who have been doing this for a while. But do they think customers are stupid? We pay attention to pricing and we won't buy the "we lowered our prices" campaign unless we really see it!

  • mtmkjr Aug 8, 2013

    The phrase I keep hearing when I read about the Publix strategy, is "aggressive marketing".
    They are also said to be directly challenging Harris Teeter's market share. So I think Kroger will give careful thought as to whether messing with the current coupon policy is a good idea or not.
    If they do think coupons don't draw the HT customers, then they deserve to be overrun by Publix.
    I've never shopped in a Publix, but I'd expect a new store chain to promote themselves in the most positive way - in some locations, Publix apparently doesn't stand out so much, (according to a few comments I've read)
    But in a brand new market, I would expect them ti bring their best.

  • terr19 Aug 7, 2013

    Also, I think if the competition stops doubling coupons why would Lowes Foods continue to double coupons. I am going to stock up while I can. :-)

  • Coupon Nana Aug 7, 2013

    I believe I read online that Publix, in different geographic areas, offer different coupon policies.

    I believe some may even allow Target competitor coupons???

  • brandiel Aug 7, 2013

    It is interesting to read that so many are really excited about Publix...after living in both Florida and Georgia, I wasn't thrilled with Publix. I always thought HT was better (especially with fresh produce) and was excited to finally be moving back to NC. However...I bet it really depends on the area the store is in. Since it is coming to Cary, maybe it will be nicer than I remember.

  • DianeNC Aug 7, 2013

    ncmomofthreeboys - I don't know anything about Piggly Wiggly, but Food Lion doesn't double coupons at all. If Kroger ever makes the decision to have Harris Teeter stores stop doubling coupons, Lowes Foods will be the only one left that will still double at that point.

  • RedneckGirl Aug 7, 2013

    I hope that HT does not stop doubling coupons, I will not be shopping there as much if they do. Will have to go back to doing most of my shopping at Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly.

  • theCouponDiva Aug 7, 2013

    I, too, am looking forward to Publix coming to the area. I think that it will bring about some friendly competition which will, in turn, help in prices and deals favorable for the consumers.