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October 4, 2013

Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday announced that Harris Teeter’s shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the previously announced merger agreement among Harris Teeter, Hornet Acquisition and Kroger.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday announced that Harris Teeter’s shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the previously announced merger agreement among Harris Teeter, Hornet Acquisition and Kroger. Approximately 98.6% of the votes cast during the day's special meeting were voted in favor of the merger agreement, representing approximately 82.5% of Harris Teeter’s outstanding common stock as of Aug. 22, 2013, the record date for the special meeting. 

September 26, 2013

On Saturday, Harris Teeter will make a $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina at the start of the Andrew Roby’s annual “Pitchin for Wishes” Cornhole Tournament at Freedom Park, the grocer announced.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Saturday, Harris Teeter will make a $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina at the start of the Andrew Roby’s annual “Pitchin' for Wishes” Cornhole Tournament at Freedom Park, the grocer announced. The money was raised through Harris Teeter vendors who will participate in a cornhole tournament hosted by Harris Teeter on Friday. 

The winners of the Harris Teeter cornhole tournament will also participate in the “Pitchin’ for Wishes” tournament.

September 18, 2013

The Feel Good Vitamin Co. was launched Tuesday with the aim of helping end childhood malnutrition.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Feel Good Vitamin Co. was launched Tuesday with the aim of helping end childhood malnutrition.  

September 13, 2013

Publix Super Markets and Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, on Friday announced they have entered into an agreement under which Publix is expected to purchase seven Bi-Lo-branded stores in North and South Carolina.

LAKELAND and JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Publix Super Markets and Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, on Friday announced they have entered into an agreement under which Publix is expected to purchase seven Bi-Lo-branded stores in North and South Carolina. The transaction is projected to close in October 2013 and includes seven leased stores as well as major equipment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

September 12, 2013

On the same day Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly locations, Harris Teeter Supermarkets also acquired six Piggly Wiggly locations as well as one future location all in the Charleston, S.C., area.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — On the same day Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly locations, Harris Teeter Supermarkets also acquired six Piggly Wiggly locations as well as one future location all in the Charleston, S.C., area. 

The transaction is expected to be completed in October 2013. Harris Teeter plans to close the acquired stores for three to four days for stocking and training of employees. The pharmacies at the acquired stores will remain open throughout the transition, the grocer announced. 

September 11, 2013

Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Macak as EVP supply chain, reporting to Mike Bloom, president and COO.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Macak as EVP supply chain, reporting to Mike Bloom, president and COO.

For the last 13 years, Macak has served as VP global supply chain for Bed Bath & Beyond, where he was responsible for the supply chain, logistics and distribution of goods for the company and its subsidiaries.

September 10, 2013

Another high-quality regional pharmacy chain will soon be just a memory.

As reported Tuesday by Drug Store News’ Michael Johnsen, Raleigh, N.C.-based Kerr Drug, one of the industry’s most innovative pharmacy retailers and certainly one of its most determined practitioners of a higher level of pharmacy-based clinical care, has agreed to be acquired by the nation’s top drug chain and a healthcare innovator in its own right, Walgreens, for an undisclosed sum.

September 10, 2013

Implus has identified a niche need within foot care — plantar fasciitis.

DURHAM, N.C. — Implus has identified a niche need within foot care — plantar fasciitis. The Airplus Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic provides support for the plantar fascia and a gel cushion to help relieve heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that impacts 2 million people at any one time, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Some people are more prone to plantar fasciitis, say orthopedic foot and ankle doctors, including women, people who are overweight and workers who spend a lot of time walking or standing on hard surfaces.

September 10, 2013

Walgreens announced its acquisition of Kerr Drug, a privately-held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, to include both Kerr's retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced its acquisition of Kerr Drug, a privately-held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, to include both Kerr's retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.  

In fiscal year 2012, Kerr Drug’s retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business recorded total sales of $381 million.

September 9, 2013

Food Lion has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award, one of the agency's honors for commercial refrigeration achievements by GreenChill Partners.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award, one of the agency's honors for commercial refrigeration achievements by GreenChill Partners.

Food Lion officials received the award Monday at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference in Baltimore, Md. The annual achievement award is in recognition of Food Lion meeting its GreenChill commitment for reducing refrigerant emissions.

September 4, 2013

A joint venture founded by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer focused on treatments for HIV has expanded its support of community organizations in the South.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A joint venture founded by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer focused on treatments for HIV has expanded its support of community organizations in the South.

August 28, 2013

Paydiant, provider of a cloud-based mobile wallet, cardless ATM access and offer redemption platform, on Tuesday announced that Harris Teeter will deploy a pilot of Paydiant’s white label mobile wallet as part of their Express Lane online shopping service in Matthews, N.C. beginning this month.

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Paydiant, provider of a cloud-based mobile wallet, cardless ATM access and offer redemption platform, on Tuesday announced that Harris Teeter will deploy a pilot of Paydiant’s white label mobile wallet as part of their Express Lane online shopping service in Matthews, N.C. beginning this month.  

August 26, 2013

Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms on Friday donated approximately 28,725 lbs. of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to help feed the hungry in the local community.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms on Friday donated approximately 28,725 lbs. of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to help feed the hungry in the local community. The donation is part of the retailer’s participation in the “Peaches with A Purpose” program sponsored by peach grower Titan Farms. 

August 23, 2013

Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Winston-Salem market and add a third location in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Winston-Salem market and add a third location in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 

“We continue to deliver on our promise of serving the great state of North Carolina by adding yet another county to our market area,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “We are more than your community grocer — we are your neighbors, and look forward to sharing the Publix spirit with you.” 

August 21, 2013

Entera Health has launched a new prescription medical food product for patients with intestinal disorders, the company said.

CARY, N.C. — Entera Health has launched a new prescription medical food product for patients with intestinal disorders, the company said.

The drug maker announced the availability of EnteraGam (serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin protein isolate, SBI) for patients with chronic loose or frequent stools due to irritable bowel syndrome or HIV. The drug is meant to treat patients who have limited or impaired ability to ingest, digest, absorb or metabolize ordinary foodstuffs or certain nutrients.

August 16, 2013

Harris Teeter announced the Aug. 28 grand opening of a new store in the Creedmoor Village Shopping Center.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Harris Teeter announced this week the grand opening of a new store in the Creedmoor Village Shopping Center here. The store will open on Aug. 28 with a pharmacy open seven days per week.

The company is celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. as well as weekend activities to introduce community members to the "H.T. Difference."

August 8, 2013

GutZgray is encouraging consumers to embrace their graying locks with its new line of hair care products designed to invigorate gray hair.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — GutZgray is encouraging consumers to embrace their graying locks with its new line of hair care products designed to invigorate gray hair.

Positioned as the first hair care line especially formulated for the texture of gray and colored gray hair, GutZgray is a unisex hair care line that utilizes the latest technology in non-embryonic stem cell research to enhance the look and feel of gray hair. Gray hair tends to be coarser than hair that retains natural color, and the line focuses on the texture — not color — of gray hair.

August 2, 2013

Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday reported a third-quarter sales increase of 2.9% to $1.2 billion. Comparable-store sales were up 1.3% for the quarter.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday reported a third-quarter sales increase of 2.9% to $1.2 billion. Comparable-store sales were up 1.3% for the quarter. Same-store sales were negatively impacted by the shift of both the Easter and Fourth of July holidays.

August 2, 2013

Publix Super Markets announced it will enter the Asheville and Cary markets in North Carolina.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Asheville and Cary markets in North Carolina.

July 31, 2013

Harris Teeter on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with Tresata to provide the company with next-generation predictive analytics software, which will improve the way Harris Teeter serves its customers through improved functionality of its mobile application (htmobile), e-VIC program and the newly launched Facebook application by enhancing the user experience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with Tresata to provide the company with next-generation predictive analytics software, which will improve the way Harris Teeter serves its customers through improved functionality of its mobile application (htmobile), e-VIC program and the newly launched Facebook application by enhancing the user experience. 

July 10, 2013

Family Dollar Stores named Jason Reiser to the position of SVP merchandising. Reiser will replace John Scanlon, who retired from the company at the end of March.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday named Jason Reiser to the position of SVP merchandising. Reiser will replace John Scanlon, who retired from the company at the end of March.

July 10, 2013

Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday reported a net sales increase of 9% to $2.6 billion for third quarter ended June 1, reaching the upper end of the discount chain's guidance. Comparable store sales in the quarter increased 2.9%.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday reported a net sales increase of 9% to $2.6 billion for third quarter ended June 1, reaching the upper end of the discount chain's guidance. Comparable store sales in the quarter increased 2.9%.

Family Dollar attributed the increase in comparable store sales to an increase in the average customer transaction value and higher customer traffic. Sales were strongest in the consumables category, which increased 14.8% during the quarter, driven primarily by strong growth in food, health and beauty aids and tobacco. 

July 10, 2013

Harris Teeter on Tuesday announced that it is donating more than $587,000 to both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Tuesday announced that it is donating more than $587,000 to both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project. The donation will be split evenly between the two groups, according to Harris Teeter communications specialist Danna Jones in a "thank-you" video posted on the grocer's site

July 9, 2013

Kroger on Tuesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash as part of a deal valued upward of $2.5 billion.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash as part of a deal valued upward of $2.5 billion. 

The transaction price represents a premium of 33.7% to the Harris Teeter closing share price on Jan. 18, 2013, the day of the first media report that Harris Teeter was evaluating strategic alternatives. The terms of the agreement were approved by the boards of both companies.

July 8, 2013

Harris Teeter will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on July 31 to celebrate the opening of its 53,000-sq. ft. store in a new market for the supermarket chain — Goldsboro, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on July 31 to celebrate the opening of its 53,000-square-foot store in a new market for the supermarket chain — Goldsboro, N.C. 

The store features a Farmers Markets focusing on both locally and regionally grown items. It will also have an expanded chef-prepared food section in Market Hall and a full-service pharmacy with drive-up service.

Construction began on the new Harris Teeter in fall 2012.