W.T. Harris borrows $1,500 to open a grocery store in Charlotte.
Willis L. Teeter and his brother, Paul, borrow $1,700 to open their first store in Mooresville, N.C.
Harris, a pioneer in the development of the modern supermarket, relocates his original store to a new site three blocks away. The new store is the first in the area to offer air conditioning and late hours — until 9 p.m. on Fridays. That site, at 1704 Central Ave., is still open today.
Harris and Teeter combine buying and warehousing facilities.
Harris Super Markets and Teeter's Food Stores officially merge under the Harris Teeter moniker. The companies, with 15 stores already in operation, open the first under the Harris Teeter name in Kannapolis, N.C.
Company expands to 25 stores, purchasing five supermarkets from Tilman's Grocery, Shelby, N.C., and independent stores in Charlotte and Gastonia, N.C.
Harris Teeter purchased by Ruddick Corp., a Charlotte-based holding company that also owns American & Efird, an industrial sewing thread business.
Opens a discount format known as Big M, eventually expanding it to six locations.
Big M discontinued, with stores converted back to Harris Teeter “More Value” brand.
Overtakes A&P to become the market share leader in Charlotte; purchases Hunter Farms Dairy, its supplier of milk, ice cream and other dairy products.
Ruddick purchases Food World, adding 52 stores and expanding Harris Teeter's geographic reach to central North Carolina and Virginia.
Harris Teeter purchases 52 supermarkets operating under the Big Star name from Grand Union.
Harris Teeter acquires a Borden dairy plant, expanding dairy operations.
New warehouse facility in Greensboro, N.C., opens.
Adds extension to its Indian Trail warehouse; introduces VIC loyalty card chainwide.
Sales exceed $2 billion; Fred Morganthall named president of Harris Teeter.
First Harris Teeter store in the Washington, D.C., metro area opens in Arlington, Va.; acquires 10 Kroger stores in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C.
Introduces H.T. Traders line of imported private-label items.
Sells 27 stores — 15 in the Atlanta area and 12 in South Carolina — to competitors Kroger, Bi-Lo and Piggly Wiggly.
Stuart Dickson and Alan Dickson announce plans to retire as officers of the company; rolls out Harris Teeter Rancher private-label beef.
Begins rebranding perimeter departments, including Farmer's Market for produce and Fisherman's Market for seafood.
Adds Reserve Angus Beef private label to meat.
Expands to Delaware for the first time.
Harris Teeter opens its first store in Washington in the historic Citadel building.
Sales reach $3.8 billion.
Celebrates its 50th anniversary. Plans to open its 200th store.
SOURCES: Company reports, groceteria.com, SN archives.