The construction site for a new Harris Teeter in Lewis Plaza on Augusta Street in Greenville showed no activity and little building recently, prompting questions about when the grocery store, announced more than two years ago, will open.
Initially, construction was expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year. Nearby business owners said they have been told that date has moved to this fall.
A Harris Teeter spokesperson told the Upstate Business Journal Feb. 14 the company didn’t have “any updated information” to share. Danna Robinson, the spokesperson, didn’t respond to additional questions by email.
At the graded site on a recent weekday, no construction crews were working. A piece of Caterpillar equipment sat idle. One wall had been erected.
In July 2015, demolition work on the redesign of Lewis Plaza had begun and a new 53,000-square-foot, two-story Harris Teeter store was expected. Plans for the store were unveiled at a community meeting in December 2014.
Harris Teeter officials said the new Lewis Plaza store would offer all of the amenities of a “super flag or high-end store.” A second-floor mezzanine area would have a sit-down wine bar with outdoor terrace seating.
The project architect, Rajeev Bhave of Matthews, N.C.-based Arcons Design Studio, said Feb. 15 that once the design is completed and the project goes out to bid “Harris-Teeter handles all the construction issues, schedule, contract, etc. We’re really not involved in that.”
Lewis Plaza, which opened in 1948, is considered to be the first shopping center in Greenville. Several businesses have occupied the plaza, most recently an antique store and Earth Fare grocery store where the new Harris Teeter will be.
Harris Teeter will open its second Greenville location and serve as the anchor tenant at NorthPointe mixed-use project on Stone Avenue with a 53,000-square-foot grocery store similar to the one at Lewis Plaza.
Harris Teeter is re-entering the Greenville market after leaving several years ago. The company was purchased in January 2014 by Kroger Co. but maintains the Harris Teeter brand with headquarters in Matthews, N.C.