By: PRWeb
Grand Opening of Harris Teeter in Portsmouth, Va.

Harris Teeter is opening its first store in Portsmouth, Va. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 and is celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and weekend activities to introduce community members to the HT Difference. The company is also making a $15,000 donation to Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to show its continued commitment to fighting hunger in the community.

Harris Teeter was established in 1960 when two North Carolina grocers merged operations, and once a 15-store chain with stores in North Carolina, it is now a regional grocery with over 200 locations in eight states and Washington, D.C. In each of its locations including its newest store in Portsmouth, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience on every visit. An excellent shopping experience starts in the store with customer service, high quality perishables and variety and selection but also includes community involvement. To celebrate the grand opening of the company's 209th store, therefore, Store Manager Kenny Spruill is presenting a $15,000 check to Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to help fight hunger in the community.

Harris Teeter's commitment to the community also extends to its approach to sustainability. Harris Teeter is introducing various green practices and programs into its Churchland Marketplace Harris Teeter. The store features a white reflective energy efficient roof; glass doors on dairy, package meat, beer and packaged produce cases; LED lighting on frozen food and dairy case doors; low flow faucets; non-ozone depleting refrigerant; motion detection lighting; energy management systems and heat reclamation systems. All of these features serve to minimize the store's carbon footprint to benefit future generations; Harris Teeter also encourages its shoppers to take little green steps to promote a sustainable future, including using reusable bags and recycling plastic and paper in the recycling bins in front of the store.

Fast Facts:
Store Address:Churchland Marketplace
3249 Tyre Neck Road
Portsmouth, Va. 23703
Opening Date: May 9, 2012 at 8 a.m.: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Event Dates:May 11 - 13: e-VIC Mobile signing-up customers
May 18 - 20: Harris Teeter Rancher Mobile Grill onsite
May 25 - 27: Harris Teeter Ice Cream Truck onsite
Square Footage: 48,000
Store Hours: 24 hours
Pharmacy Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. M - F; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday
Check-Out Lanes: seven checkouts and four USCAN checkouts

Features and Departments:
Full service meat department with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Natural Beef - Full Service Fishermans Market - Shrimp Party Trays - Farmers Market Produce and Certified Green Thumb Experts - Full Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements - Produce Party Trays - Gift Basket Program - Full Service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery - Sushi - Self Serve Olives - Salad Bar including Fresh Made Salads - International Cheeses - Chef Prepared Foods To Go - Ice Cream Cakes - La Brea Bread Kiosk - Party Trays - Made to Order Sandwich Program - Boar's Head Meats & Cheeses - Slicing Meats & Cheeses - Rotisserie Items - Organic, Natural Foods and Specialty Foods - Wine and Imported Beers - Pharmacy - Western Union - Coinstar - Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk - Double Coupons - Club 60 Senior Discount - Carryout Service - USCAN - Harris Teeter Coffee Bar with sit-down eating area

About Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter Inc., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE: HTSI). Harris Teeter is the 24th largest supermarket in the U.S. with 2011 sales of $4.29 billion. The regional grocery chain employs approximately 25,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

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