Editorial: Harris Teeter Lost Publix Court Of Appeals Case

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:53

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

When the Carolina Beach Town Council approved a permit for the new Publix Grocery Store on N. Lake Park Blvd a couple of years ago, Harris Teeter objected because it would force them to change their plans for a new store. Their plans were based on interconnectivity to an adjoining property. Since Harris Teeter didn't build before that adjoining property was purchased for a new Publix Store, the Publix developer said of their permit request that interconnectivity wasn't an option; for obvious reasons of competition.
Harris Teeter challenged the Publix permit in superior court and lost. They appealed to the NC State Court of Appeals. And on October 15th, in short, the court said Harris Teeter had no case and sided with the Carolina Beach Town Council's approval of the Publix permit. (Publix is already open for business, so it's obvious they weren't concerned about Teeter's challenge).
However, Harris Teeter can redesign their previously approved plans and return to the Council for approval of a new permit. Or not. And sell.
But if you think it's odd that Harris Teeter and a Publix would ever open stores within a stones throw, think again.
In Charlotte, NC, in the Cotswold area, Publix opened a store within a few hundred feet of an existing Harris Teeter. It's a case of the ongoing grocery store wars taking place in the south with chains like Teeter, Publix, Aldi, Lidl, Wegmans and others expanding into various markets.
The court's opinion was issued after press time, so we'll bring you more details online at www.islandgazette.net and in our print edition next week.

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