CULTIVATING TASTES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Walt Sumner has brought a touch of Seattle to the Southeast. Sumner, the wine buyer at Seattle's Larry's Markets before joining Harris Teeter here as corporate beer and wine manager in April 1994, has dramatically increased the chain's assortment of fine wines and imported and microbrew specialty beers.The expanded assortment, along with an increasingly educated and more upscale,

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Walt Sumner has brought a touch of Seattle to the Southeast. Sumner, the wine buyer at Seattle's Larry's Markets before joining Harris Teeter here as corporate beer and wine manager in April 1994, has dramatically increased the chain's assortment of fine wines and imported and microbrew specialty beers.

The expanded assortment, along with an increasingly educated and more upscale, cosmopolitan population and a booming economy, has helped push the 140-unit Harris Tee

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