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At this point there is just rumor and speculation, but Publix has been in the news recently regarding a possible Harris Teeter acquisition.  Harris Teeter is open that they are pursuing potential buyers and several papers and sites have hinted that Publix may be interested.

Publix is beginning to expand into NC with 2 stores planned for Charlotte in 2014.  What this could mean for couponers, however, is unclear.  A recent example is when Bi-Lo purchased Winn Dixie.  From this merger we’ve seen a change in Winn Dixie’s fuel perks and the introduction of eCoupons.

Recently these rumors were dismissed by Publix, but I thought it’d be interesting to get your thoughts.

How would you feel if Publix purchased Harris Teeter?

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    • Kristin S

      I’m an NC girl so I love the Teeter and LOVE triple coupons. BUT I did enjoy living by a Publix in Orlando for 3 years. They have Boars Head deli meat and more selections of items not typically sold in the South.

      I’ve almost stopped shopping at Harris Teeter except for weekly e-vic’s though. Their standard prices are just way too high – even with coupons.

      This could be an interesting one….

    • Cathy

      I would really hate to see any changes to Harris Teeter. They have a great coupon policy and they run double and triple events often. They rarely question any coupons at all – they just make it right to please the customer. Their every day prices are good and their sale prices are great.

    • Cortni Shelton

      I LOVE Publix and have heard really great things about Harris Teeter. This could be a match made in heaven. Oh, and Cathy, don’t worry…Publix has an amazing coupon policy as well. They don’t triple coupons, but they allow competitor coupons – total bonus!

    • Amanda Hicks

      I loved Publix when I lived in Florida and would be thrilled to have one now that I live in Virginia. Harris Teeter is my grocer of choice as it for some reason seems to carry the best produce in my area. It would be interesting to see how they merger their policies though.

    • Dolores Miranda

      if Publix and Harris Teeter merged and kept both store deals and policies Id be in heaven!Seriously they are both great stores.when I moved to N C i had to find a new store and had Publix withdrawl.When I found H T,I had to shop differently but get the same amount of awesome deals though and i was relieved,theres 8 people i have to feed here,as long as they dont merge with Food Lion,Im good,lol.

    • Paula

      We have several Publix stores in Summerville but are just now seeing the groundwork for a Harris Teeter. I would hate to see a merge before I get to triple coupons at the new HT. Don’t get me wrong, I’m at Publix 3-4 time a week as it’s within walking distance!

    • spi_cy13

      I would love the merger, if Harris Teeter would allow more than 20 coupons/day! :)

    • I love Harris Teeter! We have Publix here as well, but I hate to see them merge. HT’s customer service is out of this world, I can’t always say the same for Publix. At least I can hope they wouldn’t merge with a store that’s almost anti-coupon or something!

    • Brokoe

      If Harris Teeter HAS to merge, then I would prefer it be by publix! I LOVE HT but Publix is the best option to have besieds HT!

    • I would be thrilled if Publix bought Harris Teeter stores!! Publix is one of the many things I miss about living in Florida and there is a Harris Teeter store about 2 miles from me here in NC right now – if it was Publix I would love it!

    • starlinton

      I’m one of the few people that would be sad to see this happen. HT runs triples, super doubles, and takes competitors coupons. As well, they often have things b2g3 free, something that is unheard of at other stores, including Publix. I’ve shopped Publix a few time in Florida and was disappointed with the selection of produce and the fact that on a bogo you had to get two items, instead of getting one at half price.

      • Heather

        That BOGO thing at Publix is just in Florida. At mine in Georgia you can get one BOGO item and you simply pay half price for it.

      • BOGO at SC Publix they ring up half price also. And I was amazed at the quality and selection of produce at the Gold Hill, SC location of Publix.

    • jescbs

      I have both in my small Florida community. With coupon and BOGO policies, HT beats Publix hands down. It would change my groceries budget immensly.

    • April

      We don’t have a HT where I live, but I love Publix! Our Publix customer service is to die for and they have the best produce as well as the best everything else in my area. I would hope that if they bought HT, maybe they would build one here.

    • emily

      I’m really surprised to see that Harris Teeter is pursuing potential buyers! I wondered if maybe they were seeing a big difference in competition, especially in NC since they have Publix now, because they started doing super triples and whatnot…I just thought maybe they were doing that to get more customers back. That being said, I didn’t like them that much until I started couponing and taking advantage of the evic deals when I lived in Charlotte, and now that I’m back in SC and right down the road from Publix, I almost wish it was a HT instead! Will have to follow this and see where it leads!…

    • I was in my store a couple of weeks ago when super doubles was happening and the store manager did confirm that someone is thinking about buying them out.

    • John

      I live in ATL and loved HT until they were bought by Kroger which sucked…..I really misss HT. I love Publix though but given there are no more HT in ATL, I guess it wouldn’t affect me.

    • MoolaSavingMom

      It’s not that Harris Teeter is seeking buyers but Vice Versa actually. Two buyers approached Harris Teeter, who then hired a firm to oversee any negotiations since they are a publicaly traded company they must do what is in the best interests of their Stockholders.

      One option is a equity firm simply buying all their stock and keeping it Harris Teeter.

    • snowdogmom

      I live in SC but Charlotte is just down the road so since last fall we have had HT and Publix. I think we have best of both worlds right now and really don’t want to see HT sold. I still do better at HT with their sales and coupon events, we’ve had SuperDouble Wednesdays ever since Publix opened here. I also like Publix and get some good deals there also. I think both offer good customer service and the store are nice much better than Bi-Lo, Target, Walmart and I refuse to shop in Food Lion. I think Publix and HT “regular” prices are comparable with Publix actually being higher when there is a difference at least in our area. I don’t want to see HT acquired by Kroger. The dutch company (I forget their name) that also has mentioned as a buyer for HT that owns Stop N Shop might not be bad since I have friends that say good things about Stop N Shop however they don’t get the coupon deals/events like we get here. I think if Publix buys HT we will see less deals as it eliminates their major competitor as Publix would then become the premier grocery store in the area. I fear if HT is sold we will ultimately be paying more for our groceries as right now HT provides the best deals and my guess is these coupon events would end. I just wonder why they are looking to sell, I guess they may want to take their money and run, they are NOT losing money even with all these coupon events in fact they have been seeing record profits (just shows you how much markup there is on groceries) and they are touted as a well run company which is why there are interested buyers. I’m enjoying the deals for now and hoping they continue, stocking up, and hoping in the end they don’t sell. All these mergers I don’t see as good for the consumer, the less competition the higher the prices we get charged.

    • Kristen

      No! No! No! I was really excited when we got our new Publix (outside Charlotte), but as great as they are, HT is so much better. As far as couponing goes, I would be so sad if this happened and they made big changes to HT.

    • guest

      I for one will be absolutely heart broken if HT sells out to Publix, I have been shopping at HT for over 14 years. After I had my 3rd baby and it was not condusive for daycare on 3 so I HAD to find a way to save money and cut corners on expenses. They have ALWAYS provided the best deals when stacked with coupons along with the exemplirary customer service. I travel 30 minutes to my favorite HT at least twice a week because in the area I live there is only 2 NASTY unstocked Food Lions. I know everyone in my store and they know me by name. At this point its a way of life (couponing) and I taught myself 14 years ago because of HT and I will be sooooo sad to see any policy changes that will interrupt my coupon craziness.

    • Sarah

      Potential issue would be the coupon value they double. They would have to continue doubling to $.99 in NC to compete with Lowes, but in other areas they may continue to only double up to $.50

    • rebeccafer

      The only thing that stays the same is change. I’ve been couponing for about four or so years now and it doesn’t seem like anything “stays” the same. I guess the one thing it teaches you though is that there is always good with the bad and vice versa. I just am saying a prayer that everyone will be able to keep their job and that the economy doesn’t make more changes that could be worse.

    • Kenai Dukes

      I would love it! HT has such great deals. Just another wonderful store to coupon at :)

    • karolyn

      I would probably quite couponing, except using printables at cvs if Harris Teeter was bought out and the new store, such a Publix stopped the daily doubling of coupons up to $0.99 and the monthly couponing superdouble/triple couponing events. There are no other grocery stores in my area that are worth couponing at. Nothing compares to Harris Teeter, with their awesome deals and extraordinary customer service. I am anti-Publix!

    • SaraJ

      As long as there continues to be competition to keep the stores trying to win me as a customer, I’ll happily learn to negotiate a new store if I need to. I do love HT deals to keep my pantry stocked, so if they change I’ll have a void to fill!

    • Phong

      Oh no. I love HT!

    • Julie

      I don’t know much about Publix, but I do know for a fact that Publix is doing research on competitors across the whole south

    • louise

      i would love to see a publix in statesboro ga

      • gransgirl

        Statesboro was one of the first Publix stores in Georgia. I first discovered Publix when in college there. Surprised it isn’t still around.

    • Christy

      Noooooo! After I moved to NC 5 years ago, Harris Teeter became my favorite place to shop. Their coupon specials cannot be beat. With a regular schedule of super doubles and triples, this is where I found the absolute best deals. When I moved to Aiken, SC 7 months ago, I was very sad to see there was no Harris Teeter here. I read many praises of Publix on this site so I assumed they must be similar to Harris Teeter. After a handful of visits to Publix I have vowed to never shop there again. Their customer service cannot even compare to that of Harris Teeter. Plus, I find their specials (all the different ads/deals) too much trouble to navigate and the basics to be over-priced. Sure, Harris Teeter is a little pricier than other grocery stores, but that can be compensated with simple coupons specials. I would feel sorry for my loyal HT shopping friends back in NC if the rumor was true. I was hoping Harris Teeter would come here…..guess that’s not happening :(

    • Rachel

      Publix is my favorite grocery store ever, so I would be happy with a Publix buyout (with the obvious exception of any lost jobs that result). I’ve lived across the Southeast (including Orlando, Jackson, Birmingham, Nashville, and Charlotte), and I fell in love with Publix when I lived in markets that had them. Their store brand products are incredible (especially the yogurts), and their customer service was always top-notch (maybe their employees are happier since they’re the shareholders, too). When I moved to Charlotte several years ago, I was SO disappointed with the grocery options here, and I’ve sent Publix various e-mails over the years, begging them to come into NC. I couldn’t be happier now that they’re finally here!

    • Sergeant Saver

      Well, I have a friend visiting right now that was so excited to get to shop during super doubles today. She drove all the way to NC just to grocery shop and take advantage of everyday double coupons up to .99, She lives in GA where Publix is popular and I in NC where Harris Teeter is popular. She has stated several times she does not shop in Publix because they only double (on a regular day) up to .50 and have NEVER had super doubles. I think I would UPROOT my family and move if Harris Teeter was bought out by Publix. What would become of e-Vic? No thanks keep Publix where it is!!!!

    • Sam Haynie

      Love Publix but love Harris Teeter even more. They are a great store and I am shocked to hear they are looking to sell.

    • Tyanne

      It would be nice if Publix doubled up to .99 every day, but with no limit, like HT. Also if would be nice if Publix took from HT their produce mark down rack, I would LOVE that.

    • Nicole

      I love Harris Teeter!! I have a strong emotional attachment to HT. The amazing folks at HT helped me through some difficult days with my infant son. He suffered from terrible reflux for the first 3 months (making it impossible to go anywhere except to get groceries). Needless to say those were some dark days. I looked forward to super doubles, triples, etc. HT was at least 20 mins away (with a Food Lion across the street). We now live in GA near a Publix, Kroger, Walmart, and Food Lion. Publix is great but I recently drove 40 mins for Super Doubles and the Harris Teeter experience!

    • alz

      Have never shopped at HT, but sounds like a great place. On the other hand…..love my Publix! Our BOGOs are priced seperately. For retired, fixed income household, Publix has been a blessing and the people are just great!

    • Sherry

      What I heard in Raleigh NC, is that the stores would merge together financially, but stay separate ententities. The great grand child of Teeter still own the company and I don’t think they would give up the store/brand/coupons.

    • Cheryl

      I love Harris Teeter and shop there a lot. I have my favorite stores here in Charlotte and my favorite employees. I’ve also shopped at Publix a couple times and it was never as good a shopping trip at HT. I hope Publix continues to be “uninterested” in the purchase of HT. Bi-Lo is better than Publix. HT has the best CS of any store.

    • Moggy

      I think it would STINK! I’m hoping and praying that HT doesn’t sell out. HT is my favorite grocery chain ~ no other chain can compare for me.

    • Jennifer B.

      I love Publix and Harris Teeter. They are a different breed of store than Food Lion, Bi-Lo, Ingles, etc…While you can get a few good deals at those stores, their customer service and can not even compare to that of Publix and Harris Teeter.

    • debbie mays

      I live just on the border of the NC/SC State line just outside Charlotte, NC and was really excited when Publix came to town. However, after shopping there a couple times, I have gone back to my HT where I find great deals and friendly staff. I would hate to see that change.

    • Rochelle Wilder

      i think a lot of people in the DC/VA/MD area would be upset if Harris Teeter went away. They have wonderful super doubles/triples and good sales with coupons.

    • rs

      I don’t like buyouts. Competition keeps prices low! Look what happened in Florida. Publix ran all the others out of business and now they are the only shop in town. They no longer have to double coupons and their BOGO’s are not half price for one.

      • Sarahnet0

        This sucks because I am looking to move to florida soon and I noticed that all the there is basically is Publix. No doubling coupons is not a good thing for me, my husband and I have been surviving on couponing. If nothing changes in Florida, I’m going to stick to Aldi.

    • Renee` Smith

      I have also heard that Stop and Shop is interested in buying HT. As much as I LOVE HT, I would rather S&S buy them then Publix. S&S doubles everyday with no limit other then 4 like coupons per trans!!!

      • Dj

        If you ever shopped at Stop and Shop you might think differently. I drive past a Giant(Stop and Shop) to go to my HT. Their prices are not great in general, neither is their customer service. It was also voted one of the worst grocery store chains in America, based on customer satisfaction.

        • Renee` Smith

          When I live in CT I shopped there all the time and I never had any issues with them and loved to shop there.

          • dj

            I used to love to shop there too, but over the last ten years the store by my house has become cluttered, understaffed and low stocked on sale and loss leader items. Customer service has been terrrible mainly because of staffing issues. Most people have to ring themselves up at the SCO, which causes headaches when products and/or coupons don’t scan properly.

    • Rhonda

      Each store has it’s own coupon specialties. HT with Super Doubles, Triples and doubles everyday to .99(Publix no go). Publix allows a store, competitor and manufacturer coupon on ine item(HT no go). Plus the meat and dairy deals at HT are always better, where Publix has fresh not frozen seafood and better produce deals. Sad if HT is bought and they cease their own promos and specials!

    • Alison @CouponKitchen

      I think Publix is a great store but I will be devastated if Harris Teeter is purchased by anyone that doesn’t keep it exactly the same :) I know some people feel it is too expensive but with all of the great deals they provide on top of their consistent quality and cleanliness it is by far my favorite store.

    • Kate

      I’m from FL and now live in NC. This may be a state-by-state thing, but I found the prices to be much higher in Publix (FL) than HT (NC).

    • lynette

      Its a very bad idea. I’m familiar with Publix in Fla. and my sister doesnt like it either. We would sure miss the quality of Harris Teeter!

    • lynette

      Its a very bad idea. I’m familiar with Publix in Fla. and my sister doesnt like it either. We would sure miss the quality of Harris Teeter!

    • NancyA

      I have mixed feelings–I shopped at a brand-new Publix in Georgia, and now have a beautiful, brand-new Harris Teeter near my home in North Carolina. I miss the customer service at Publix; they are second-to-none in that area. I also liked the quality of their store-brand products. On the other hand, Harris Teeter has a better coupon policy, and the stores are nicer, but I have not been happy with a lot of their HT brand products. If they take the best of each, I am all for it. If they keep HT’s customer service Publix’s coupon policy, I’ll be disappointed and want my Harris Teeter back.

    • I love the quality of Publix! I have yet to see a store here in NC like it! Harris Teeter is god but some of the items especially produce is way to expensive….The good thing about Publix is that have alot of variety there BOGO deals are great and they except competitor and manufacture for 1 item!! But Harris Teeter has double Coupons but only upto 20 items i think However it goes NC residents will benefit!

    • Jane

      You mentioned 2 Publix stores are planned for Charlotte in 2014, can you confirm the locations? I’ve never shopped at Publix but I love HT!

    • Amanda

      I work for Giant/ stop & shop and have heard they put a bid in for HT and the rumor is they have purchased ht.

    • John doe

      i currently work for HT in a distribution center in Greensboro and there are two warehouses that that ht operates out of and ht and Publix had the meeting a few weeks ago and if Publix does buy us out it will be split between two company Publix wants the NC and down stores and the warehouses they own. and Kroger wants everything above NC. the warehouse in Greensboro will more than likely be closed and rented out, the warehouse in Charlotte will stay as is and continue to expand seeing that closest to the headquarters. This is harris teeters biggest profit year so selling the company now while there out on top will get them a bigger profit but who knows how long ht will keep us quessing my opinion is ht will push more sales to push up there operating profit and sales for the year so in conclusion the higher sale the more they will get out of the company when they sell.

    • J.T RALEIGH

      IF H.T MERGES WITH PUBLIX AND THEY STOP H.TS’ COUPON DEALS I AM OUT AND BACK TO LOWES FOODS AND KROGER

    • Michelle

      Moving from NY to VA I missed Shoprite dearly. I loved the doubles and triples that HT offers, and liked when Bloom was around. With them gone HT is really the only place I shop for deals, Giant, Safeway, & Wegmans don’t come close. But it’s not even the deals as much as the quality. Their produce is amazing! & it feels like they are picky about what they put on their shelves, similar to what Trader Joe’s does. I love their brand of milk, and just about everything about them including customer service. I would be very sad if they left, and think its silly. Most stories that get bought out or companies in general never do to well in the end. I really hope they have enough profit every year to keep going and not sell.

    • Jamie

      I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Publix is the BEST!!!

    • Jill

      I like Publix, but I LOVE Harris Teeter’s coupon promotions! I know I would not be able to save the same amount of money each week if Publix coupon policies take the place of Harris Teeter’s. I would be so sad to see Harris Teeter go.

    • yapinjapin1

      I recently attended a seminar presented by Bill Rhyne who is the Director of Supply Chain and Labor Management for Harris Teeter. When asked about the possible buyout he basically stated that whenever a publicly traded company is approached with an offer to be bought out they have to announce the offer publicly (which immediately starts the rumor wheels) and the offer must be taken into consideration. He also said that Harris Teeter is a highly profitable company right now so of course they are in the spotlight for other investors.

      TL;DR: A Harris Teeter big wig said HT is highly profitable and would be stupid to sell the company at the moment.

    • Anon

      I would love to see Harris Teeter where I live. We have a Publix and I love their customer service. Their prices are a bit higher than the other stores in the area, so I don’t shop there unless I have coupons for every item, but overall, it’s a great store. But I’ve heard so much about Harris Teeter and want to go! The closest one I know of is 2 hours from me, and with 2 young kids, that’s just not realistic.

    • Anonymous

      I work for HT and about 7 months ago there was serious talk between Publix and Harris Teeter about them buying out the Middle Tennessee stores. There was one specific Nashville area store that Publix didn’t want, but HT wanted an all or nothing deal, so nothing happened.

    • roatancoffee

      I talked with a customer in wilson nc who said her store manager said the talks are off, No deal. I shopped at a publix in atlanta and liked parts of there policies. I enjoyed being able to get the volume I needed but didn’t enjoy the fact that no Qs would double over .50 cents

    • SLaws

      I am a Floridian but have lived in the mid-west for the last 20 years. Recently my family and I moved to Virginia and “found” Harris Teeter. Being a LONG time Publix lover as well as a former employee, I would love it if Publix and HT merged! Fun news!!!

    • Notyourmamma

      My only concern would be wanting to use my HT rainchecks. If an acquisition were to happen, would they be valid?