The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.
“The company employs 39 associates at that location,” a company spokesperson wrote in a press release. “Harris Teeter made a strategic decision to close this location only after careful consideration … and strategic market review.”
The company is headquartered in Matthews, N.C., and its communications manager, Danna Jones, did not respond to additional questions regarding the closure prior to the Coastal Point’s deadline.
Management at the store on Wednesday, Feb. 11, declined to comment.
“In the coming weeks, the company will work closely with its associates to assist them through the closing process,” the corporate office stated. “Harris Teeter will offer its associates the opportunity to transfer to area locations, and its Associate Relations and Training & Development team will be available to answer questions from those who choose not to transfer within Harris Teeter.”
Harris Teeter opened nine stores in 2014 and anticipates opening nine more locations in 2015, in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, the press release said.
According to its website, Harris Teeter reported 2013 sales of $4.71 billion. At that time, it employed around 25,000 associates at stores in Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the District of Columbia.
In January of 2014, Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., merged to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kroger Co., based in Ohio.