Oct
03

N.C. Faceoff Will Test Publix & Harris Teeter

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When a retailer invades a new market populated by an entrenched competitor, it often leads to a price battle, or a faceoff in which one operator clearly outshines the other in service or quality. That’s not likely to happen when Publix Super Markets rolls into Charlotte, a stronghold of Harris Teeter, which is why the outcome is so hard to predict.

Instead, this will be a clash of well-regarded, upscale operators and won’t be a quick slam dunk for either.

Publix recently announced plans to build a store in Ballantyne, N.C., and add a Charlotte-based division as a springboard to growth in the state. At stake is Publix’s hopes to expand further northward, and Harris Teeter’s defense of its territory.

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