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Harris Teeter again takes lead as area's dominant grocery store

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Harris Teeter has managed to reclaim the coveted title of top grocer, even in the midst of speculation about its future.

The fight for the top spot in the Charlotte region has gotten heated lately, with a lot of aggressive advertising campaigns, And a lot of growth and change at several chains.

Harris Teeter is in the middle of a major expansion here at its Myers Park location.

The Matthews-based company actually has several significant expansion projects in the works.

And a store swap with Lowe's Food last summer let Harris Teeter scoop up eight new Charlotte-area locations, boosting its market share. New data released this week shows that the deal with Lowe's makes Harris Teeter the Charlotte region's leading grocer by sales, which in turn may make it more attractive to buyers.

The company told us in February that it had been approached by two firms interested in purchasing it.

Harris Teeter is not saying whether it is actively seeking suitors.

Last year, Wal-Mart had been number one, after upsetting the traditional chains with a series of campaigns focused on discount pricing.

Wal-Mart's overall sales actually increased over the past year, too, but its share of the market fell slightly, making it number two.

Food Lion remains Charlotte's solid number three grocer.

Followed by Bi-Lo, Sam's Club and Costco.

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