GETTING A JUMP ON DOWNTOWN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Harris Teeter store that opened recently in the downtown area of this city is atypical, but in many ways it exemplifies the site-selection, merchandising and store-design strategies of the chain.The store, located at Fifth and Poplar Streets, not far from the city's sports arenas and adjacent to one of the city's most distinctive neighborhoods, is less than half the size of

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Harris Teeter store that opened recently in the downtown area of this city is atypical, but in many ways it exemplifies the site-selection, merchandising and store-design strategies of the chain.

The store, located at Fifth and Poplar Streets, not far from the city's sports arenas and adjacent to one of the city's most distinctive neighborhoods, is less than half the size of typical Harris Teeter stores at about 18,000 square feet. Most stores the chain has buil

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