Monday, April 10, 2006

Move Over Food Lion . . .


Food Lion on the Outer Banks is about to get some grocery store chain competition. Other than locally owned Seamark Foods, Food Lion has been the only major player on the Outer Banks for the grocery business for many years.

Harris Teeter is on the verge of opening two new stores on the Outer Banks. The Corolla location will open May 30th. The Kill Devil Hill store is slated to open the end of July or First part of August of this year.

Harris Teeter first announced their intention to expand to the Outer Banks about 5 years ago, with the location in Kitty Hawk at US158 and NC12. They later backed out of those plans and the property was sold to build an Eckerds drug store. Reportedly, it was not cost efficient to have only one store on the island. Now, Harris Teeter is making a significant presence with two large stores.

The Outer Banks consumers will welcome the competition and will hopefully benefit from lower food costs.

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