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• The Charlotte Observer reports on how Kroger-owned Harris Teeter plans to open a new 53,000 square foot store in the city's south end, in the same neighborhood where the company opened a store in 1952 ... a store that subsequently was closed in 1988.

Now the company is returning to the neighborhood, and doing so with a design treatment that harkens back to the company's roots, with a retro logo and overall look. However, not everything will be a nod to the past - the store also will have "a Starbucks coffee stand, a bar with wine and 16 beers on tap, filling stations for beer growlers, an events area that will feature weekly meal specials, a pharmacy and a sit-down eating area."

The store is slated to open on June 20.
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