Hilton Head Harris Teeter to Undergo Changes

June 24, 2008

By Jim Faber – Island Packet

The Harris Teeter on the south end of Hilton Head Island could be torn down and rebuilt as a much larger store.

Preliminary plans show the grocer wants to demolish its 33,000-square-foot store in Park Plaza and build one that’s 52,000 square feet, with a separate 8,000-square-foot retail building next door, said Nicole Dixon, a town planner. Details on what the separate store would contain were not available.

The new store would face Greenwood Drive, not Office Park Road as it currently does, she said.

Officials with the grocery chain met with town planners Monday to start discussing the project.

Jennifer Panetta, director of communications for North Carolina-based Harris Teeter, said the store reconstruction is early in the planning process.

“We are working with the city to develop a timeline and to ensure the architecture of the new building represents the community we serve,” Panetta said. “The expanded square feet will allow Harris Teeter to provide its shoppers with expanded offerings of the top quality products they expect from Harris Teeter.”

The grocer also has a store in Main Street Village on the north end of the island.

Dixon said the plans would need to be approved by the town’s Design Review Board, but would not have to go before the Town Council. Harris Teeter’s preliminary plans fit all zoning and density requirements, she said.

The plans discussed between town staff and Harris Teeter on Monday were only preliminary. The grocer hasn’t submitted official plans for review by the design board yet, Dixon said.



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