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Many of you woke this morning to shocking news, Kroger announced this morning that they are buying Harris Teeter.  We’ve known that Harris Teeter was for sale, but honestly this was not the buyer I hoped for.  According to many news articles the plan is to run Harris Teeter as a Kroger Affiliate but still under the Harris Teeter brand name.

What does this mean?
Kroger has many affiliate stores, over 23 just on a quick count.  While they are all run under the original store name, they all are basically tiny little Kroger chains.  Their websites are all alike, their ads run the same deals and their coupon policies are the same.

For couponers if the trend follows, as their would be no reason for them to treat Harris Teeter any different from any other affiliate, this is not good news.  Kroger in the Mid-Atlantic region does not double coupons, they don’t run B2G3 sales, they would never run a Super Double or Triples sale… you get the picture.

As we have watched the same type of merger take place with Bi-Lo, Winn Dixie, Harveys and Sweetbay this is becoming common.  The stores merge all saying that things will remain the same, but slowly it is more economical for the stores to align together.  So give it a few months and I won’t be surprised if the Harris Teeter ad isn’t a mirror image of the Kroger ad for the same areas.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel??
There is one ray of hope that stands out for North Carolina shoppers.  Publix grocery stores just opened a Charlotte office.     There are only a handful of store in the area right now, but that will change.  In 1991 Publix opened an Atlanta office and they now have over 170 stores in that region.  In 2010 they were actually declared the winner of the grocery wars in the Atlanta area having taken over Kroger for the #1 spot.  In speaking with a recent Publix manager (to remain un-named) he said “lI wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t 100 new stores in NC within the next 5-7 years”.  I know that’s a long time to wait, but at least it’s better than having no hope!

What are your thoughts on all this?

    • Noelle704

      It’s a sad day for Charlotte. If Krogers does implement its policy onto the new “Harris Teeter” subsidiary, I will be quick to abandon my favorite Harris Teeter in Plaza-Midwood, Charlotte and will be shopping at the new South End Publix.

    • Elicia H.

      I saw this early this morning and almost cried. I shop at Kroger for its convenience here in TN, but I drive across town to visit HT when they have awesome sales running. Fortunately, for now, our Kroger still doubles .50 and under coupons, but that won’t last long.

    • Stacey (Charlotte, NC)

      Boo Kroger! YAY PUBLIX!

    • Teresa

      I’m not at all happy about this :(

    • annette

      NOOOOO!!!! Looks like it will be “bye-bye Harris Teeter”, and “hello Publix” for me!

    • NO!

      WORST NEWS EVER! Kroger is so nasty!

    • ctrinkle

      My first thought is that the party is over! I have never lived in a state that had such wonderful coupon policies. In other states where I have lived, I didn’t even bother with coupons because it wasn’t worth the trouble. I am very bummed!

    • Christy

      bring on the NC Publix!

    • Me-in-NC

      So disappointed buy this news. With the cost of everything going up, I depend on my HT deals! I did hear recently that Publix will probably be coming to the Magnolia Shopping Center in Cornelius, NC. I will be heading there for sure if it happens.

      • Me-in-NC

        *by*

    • SJackson

      So Sad to see this. 1 big reason I shop at Harris Teeter is because of their coupon policy and b2g3 deals. I guess it will be back to Food Lion for me unless a Publix does open in our area.

    • I will do a happy dance the day Publix opens up more stores here. I live north of Charlotte and Ballantyne is a bit too far given gas prices, but I look forward to closer Publix stores – hopefully sooner than later. Harris Teeter is too expensive.

    • Lisa

      GoodBye HarrisTeeter – Hello LowesFoods until Publix comes to town.

      • hat

        ditto

    • jj

      Wonder if they are going to keep the same coupon policy? I drive 30 miles (one way) every week just to go to Harris Teeter (its worth it when you save 100.00 every week..with organic and healthy items) Its the only place close that doubles coupons. Guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

      • okay

        I def like Harris Teeter, better than Publix. Florida does not double coupons and when its bogo you have to get two. Publix in Georgia, does double coupons and their bogo you only have to get one. But, I have had issues with customer service one day (say friday) you can get something the next day (SAturday) its different and they told me I could not read. It was the same item both days. I stopped shopping there years ago. Do not have to worry now….we do not have one in our neck of the woods here on the east side of NC.

    • Amy

      This is probably the worst possible buyer. I am definitely not going to continue shopping at HT. It’s a sad day today.

    • Becky

      i am so sad. i love ht and shop there for just about everything. i have been doing so good with my couponing at ht and so disappointed :'(

    • Elyse

      This is awful. I do a lot of shopping at Super Target, but there were several things that were cheaper and/or better quality at Harris Teeter so I would make special trips. I guess Target will become the only place I shop now.

    • April

      I just moved to the Asheville area from South Carolina and I MISS Publix terribly! The sales at the Ingles and BiLo just don’t match the Publix sales – and food is more expensive in this area anyway. It’s terrible!

    • Marie

      I wish I had Kroger in my area. I’m stuck with Bi Lo. I know several have told me Bi Lo is better than Kroger but I have not found that to be the case.

      • Varn9899

        interesting as Bi-Lo doubles coupons up to $0.60 limit 10 while Kroger only doubles to $0.50 and limits you to 4 so I prefer Bi-Lo hands down!

    • brenda

      I live in Washington State, but am originally from Az. In Wa. Kroger is Fred Meyer. In Az. it’s Frys . When we lived in Az. Frys double and triple couponed. Fred Meyers doesn’t. My point is that same companies don’t always mean same policies. Maybe you all will get lucky.

    • wolfheeldevil22

      I’ve always loved Harris Teeter (my first job as a teenager) and have always hated Kroger. What does this mean now that Kroger will buy HT? I need to find a new grocery store… or stop eating. Sad, sad day. :(

    • Lacie Craig Lee

      I don’t have any HT close by, but I have not seen you mention this on your site yet, as of tomorrow, Kroger-Delta Region, will stop doubling coupons :(

    • michael

      maybe we could start a letter writing campaign insisting on kroger keeping harris teeter coupon policy at the harris teeter stores?

    • Sanda

      I am sad for all the loyal Harris Teeter customers. I live in Houston, and in my area, Kroger stopped doubling years ago. I shop at Super Target mostly now just going to Kroger when they have good “loss leaders” our other local grocery store is so much of an issue to use coupons at I don’t bother.

    • Lisa B

      This makes me so, so sad. I love HT’s coupon policies and frequent SD and ST events. Maybe I’ll need to drive across town to Lowe’s Foods and see if I can get the coupon groove on there.

      • Helper

        I’m concerned that, if HT stops with with super doubles and triples, Lowes will have no incentive to do them and drop them, too. If no other local competitors offer these great sales, why should they?

        • vstringham

          I think you are right about that. We have Kroger and Publix where I live south of Atlanta, GA. We don’t have any super double or triple coupons here. Kroger and Publix here double coupons up to .50 and that’s all we ever get. With no incentive to do triples or super doubles, they just don’t.

        • David Ballinger

          that’s what I’m thinking about Bi Lo doubling .99 cent in Charlotte. Before, there were Bloom, Lowes, and HT, but now most Lowes moved out, not Bloom and if HT stops, it makes sense that Bi Lo would go down to the normal .60 cent each :( :(

    • Britta

      My plan to deal with this is to raise my stock up prices by as much as $.75 on items with a shelf life over a year until I see what this merger will do to my over-all budget. You must understand though that my stock up prices border on ridiculous. My goal will be to double my stockpile on items like nuts, pasta, tuna, and non-edibles in 6 months. I will also shop a little more at other stores in order to do this.

    • Lyn

      I LOVE HT’s coupon policy and almost always get my best deals there. I visited the new Publix in the Charlotte area and their coupon policy does NOT compare and it seems HT has more organic and natural food choices too. I really hope the coupon policy and quality selection remain for HT!!!

    • rpowell6

      This is so disappointing. I had heard rumor that Publix was buying HT and I was okay with that. Publix was my choice store while living in the Atlanta area; I heard they were opening in Charlotte, hope Winston-Salem is next! So sad to see Kroger come to this area.

      • LadySiren

        Hahaha, I just posted a note on Publix’s Facebook page begging them to come to the Triad. Who knows, maybe they’ll head our way soon. Hope so!

    • M smith

      Upset here too, moved from fl, dont see publix as anything close to ht. even more Target for me.

    • Cortni Shelton

      Drat. I was hoping Publix would purchase HT.

    • Tiffany

      Terrible news! I love my Harris Teeter and would rather it stay the way it is! :(

    • Luisanna Papini Waggoner

      Kroger stopped double coupons in the Raleigh area a couple of months ago. Meanwhile Kroger left the Fayetteville market several years ago. There are presently two HT (one brand new). No I don’t think it is for the better either. Sounds like the Eckerd/Rite Aid deal…..

    • Deirdre

      Anybody know when this terrible merger is due to take place?

    • Amanda Hicks

      If the coupon policy changes… I will no longer be shopping at Harris Teeter. There are other grocery stores that are closer by.

    • carolina girl

      I live in Indian Land and there is a new Publix that is not doing very well because there are three Harris Teeter that do SD every wed since the Publix came into town, well I can tell you with this news I can guarantee Publix will probably not be able to keep their shelves stocked. SO upset by this news! I LOVE Harris Teeter!!!! UGGGGG =(

    • Crap. Now there’s no place to shop around here that I don’t loathe.

    • COUNTINDY

      BI-LO HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I am NOT happy about this. Kroger stopped doubling coupons here in NC like 2-3 months ago and now they buy Harris Teeter? they are making it very difficult for us to save money here in NC.

    • LDP_71

      Harris teeter is doing super doubles this week

    • Maria J

      I also read that Kroger merged the Nashville TN, Louisville and Lexignton Ky into the mid south regions. and im sure they will stop doubling next. Its a sad sad day

    • lnix

      Harris Teeter here in Fayetteville, NC is exuberantly overpriced anyway, so I don’t shop there. Instead I’ve been shopping at Aldi and Sam’s club and don’t hassle with coupons.

      • Helper

        Then what on EARTH are you doing on a couponing website, commenting on this story?

        • mommyof1

          there are other things on this site besides coupons – like freebies and weekly ads.

      • Wackypatty

        If you had any idea how much you would save by “hassling with coupons”, you’d welcome the “hassle”. I regularly save 60% to 70% off regular prices by buying what’s on sale and matching that sale with a coupon. You’re just throwing your money away otherwise. Hey! As long as you’re happily throwing your money away, can I send you my address so you can send it to me instead of giving it to your local grocery store??

    • Sue

      Can’t wait for Publix!!

    • Rebecca

      We’re screwed in Central VA — no publix – only food lion, teeter, kroger — i really hate the thought of no doubles / triples – that will make teeter expensive and shift buyers to kroger.

      I love my Teeter just the way it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jordan

        Just moved to central VA, lived in SE VA. We had Farm Fresh and Harris Teeter, which regularly did SD’s up to 2.00. Now all that is by me is Food Lion and Kroger, which don’t even double. This is totally upsetting!

    • Brianne

      I already did about 25% of my shopping at lowes foods…now will be doing 100%…will be excited for publix hopefully to come to Greensboro area!

    • Ann Cohen-Krupp

      I heard they are opening a Publix at the corner of High House and Davis Drive in Cary

    • Adriana

      Sooo sad, I love HT! I am south of Charlotte and am a loyal HT shopper. If they do change the coupon policy, b2g3 deals etc, I will drive to the new Publix in Fort Mill and shop their deals. I am unfamiliar with Publix/coupons etc but if HT changes, I’m sure they will attract more buyers.

    • Lynn Wilkie

      To quote my favorite minion from Despicable Me…”Oh, POOP!!””

    • carlasclutter

      such sad news to wake up to this morning….even DH said “oh, no”. I love my HT and Publix…only go to Kroger for the freebies about once a month. I feel terrible for the employees as well. This just sucks…

    • iluvadeal

      VERY VERY SAD! Kroger is all over my area and the service is horrible! The deals are not good. All I can say is LONG LIVE PUBLIX! Once the couponing changes at my Harris Teeter I will do the majority of shopping at Publix!

    • Melissa

      Guess that means once Kroger takes over the double coupons will be gone!

    • NCHTluvr

      I’ve been a Harris Teeter customer since I moved to NC as a 9 year old…32 years! I am able to save so much more money, especially since a local HT does Super Doubles every Wednesday in my area. I hope Kroger doesn’t kill the HT quality.

    • JenG

      I wonder if they’ll open gas stations at the HT here, then at least we can do gas rewards like in GA.

    • Aidrian

      This may sound funny, but the store that I shop the most at is now Walmart. Before I would almost never go there, but since they now price match, I can go there and get the best advertised deals from Aldi, Dollar General Market, Kroger, Publix, Lucky’s, Star Market, or any other store within 50 miles.

      I admit that I sometimes have to work with confused cashiers and managers, and ocassionally have to explain that 4/$1 is the same as $0.25, but I do save a lot of money and consider the free basic math lessons as community service :)

      • Sarah

        The fact that you have to explain that makes me want to cry.

      • Adriana

        You’re right – I also get all my produce using price match at Walmart. Now if only they would double coupons…they’d get ALL my business!

      • mommyof1

        My problem with walmart are the things you have to explain to them! Cashiers seem to have no clue about basic math and do not care if you have an ad or not. Plus, we buy only organic foods and our walmart literally has 1 organic item, 1 cereal, the rest is junk. Maybe others have better luck at healthy non gmo foods, but sadly, we have no other option but to shop at Kroger unless we want to drive 1 to 2 towns over.

    • cheryl

      Harris Teeter is my favorite place to shop since they do Super Doubles every Wednesday here. So sad to hear this. We have Publix, but I don’t find their deals to be all that great (mostly stuff I don’t want). We already have Kroger which I shop at regularly, too. :(

    • karolyn

      Well, I live in Greensboro, NC. Lowes Foods doubles coupons everyday, but their ads are generally not that great, or at least not worth my extra stop in addition to my Harris Teeter stop. If Harris Teeter stops doubling, I will shop occasionally at Lowes Foods, but most likely, I will shop at the new Aldi’s that opened up the street from me & Costco. I am very, very disappointed.

      • Michelle Deane

        Yessssss! The brand new Aldi’s on New Garden! I’m with you! How dare they take away my HT’s, ESPECIALLY when there’s soooo many of them nearby!!

    • JPBMC

      This is a TERRIFIC chance for Bi-Lo to up their game by doubling up to .99 in ALL markets, not just the Charlotte area – give Kroger/HT and Publix some competition. In many ways, they already have HT beat regarding competitor coupons and fuel perks – they just need to strengthen this and get ALL mgrs on board with taking competitor coupons!

    • Janessa

      Kroger is the only real grocery store we have besides going to Walmart or Target, and I hate it. I would love for Publix to come to town. It sucks seeing another grocery store turn into a Kroger :(

    • shannon

      This sucks!!! Our Lowes foods changed to Just Save so they don’t double coupons anymore and now my HT. I know Kroger does a little but nothing like HT. I’m gonna miss it :(

    • shannon

      This sucks!!! Our Lowes foods changed to Just Save so they don’t double coupons anymore and now my HT. I know Kroger does a little but nothing like HT. I’m gonna miss it :(

    • Dawn

      There is always Lowes Foods!

      • elvis

        not is charlotte area :( they all got bought out by harris teeter.

        • beckster

          There is one up 485 at the Harrisburg/UNC exit. Only about 13 miles give or take from where I live. :)

          • missy

            There are no Lowe’s Foods in the South Charlotte Area. To get to either of these locations will take at least 30 to 45 mins.

            • Kristen

              Try Publix – not quite as good as HT when it comes to coupons, but definitely better than Kroger. There’s one in Indian Land and they’re building one right now in Ballantyne. It’s not my first choice, but it looks like I won’t have another option.

        • belaglik

          Not all. One of the Harris Teeters in Gastonia became a Lowes Foods about the same time the Lowes Foods in Tega Cay became a Harris Teeter.

    • Dawn

      There is always Lowes Foods!

    • A Fox

      I drive 30 minutes just to go to Harris Teeter and use my coupons. I despise shopping at WalMart and giving them all my business, but it looks like Kroger wants to push loyal coupon users out the door! :| Hopefully they will wise up and keep Harris Teeter the way it is!!!!

    • Crying in NC

      When I left WV, I was hoping to get away from Kroger, but here it goes again. Sad, Sad Day.

    • Jennifer

      All I hear is how expensive Harris Teeter is but I have not gone into another grocery store lately that is not high. Publix is just as expensive. Publix has some good buy one get one free deals but they only double coupons up to .50 cents. I guess I have gotten spoiled by Harris Teeter doubling coupons up to .99 cents and really spoiled on Wednesdays when they Super Double coupons up to $2.00. Wal-Mart does not have a good selection of products and they never have anything on their shelves when I go in there. I can walk away with a lot of groceries and products when I shop the sales each week and super double my coupons. I have been able to split my bill in half each week with my coupons.

      • beckster

        If you buy you meat from a different store, Bi Lo is one alternative. They are changing some after their merger with Winn Dixie. The double coupons every day, have great bogo sales, where most times the item is half price and coupons can be used on both. They double more than 20 coupons a day up to .99 and they offer fuel perks .05 off a gallon up to 20 gallons for every $50.00 which is easy to build up and bring back down after coupons. I don’t like Food Lion, I believe their prices are not low and they don’t double coupons, Publix, I don’t know if their policies aren’t like Harris Teeters. As for Kroger taking over my Harris Teeter, I’m not liking that at all. I am so spoiled. As for people who think they are expensive, they must not really know how to take advantages of the ways you can save at HT. Feeling really down, unless the coupon policy stays the way it is with HT.

        • cgmaynard

          The .99 double is only in select stores. The majority of Bilo stores only double .60 or below and only allow 10 of the same coupon to be doubled in each transaction.

    • Dawn

      Fayetteville NC is having super doubles starting tomorrow. I am definitely taking advantage. If they change to not doubling, I do not see myself shopping there much.

    • Nancy

      If Krogers changes the way my Harris Teeter does coupons… I’ll not be shopping there anymore.!

    • MagzieM

      If HT changes to the average Kroger, they will lose the majority of my business as well. I love my Harris Teeter and will be sad to see the day. Thank goodness for a Trader Joes and a Costco. It’ll require a lot more juggling of our menu items. Definitely sad about this particular first-world-problem :(

    • belaglik

      I used to shop at Kroger when I lived in DFW and mostly it was because it was the nearest store, not because I particularly liked it. The one I shopped at reeked of fish and one time I had to complain to a manager about an employee of Middle Eastern descent when he said “heil Hitler” and did a Nazi salute to a coworker. The manager just blew it off like it was no big deal. Yeah.

      In the West, there is a large chain of stores called Fred Meyer. I have a lot of friends and family who live there and they used to rave about Fred Meyer. I shopped there a few times back in the 1990s and it did seem to be a pretty nice store. I would compare it to Publix.

      Then Kroger bought them out.

      Since then, people have told me that Fred Meyer has really gone downhill. It’s still called Fred Meyer, but it’s not the store it used to be.

    • Jessica

      If Kroger changes Harris Teeter’s current coupon policy I am going to be devastated! I buy 90% of my groceries at Harris Teeter each week because I LOVE their coupon policy and they always have great sales! I spend the other 10% of my budgeted grocery money at CVS on household products and stocking up on almost free items. Where I live there are not many choices for supermarkets: Kroger, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s is all we have. I cannot stand the smell of Food Lion, so I do not shop there unless there is a deal that I absolutely cannot pass up! I avoid Kroger as much as possible because the employees are always rude, and nothing is ever in the same place as they are constantly moving things around at my location. I really hope they keep their coupon policy the same as it has been, or I might be driving across the border to North Carolina to do my grocery shopping!

    • larry

      Bye HT

    • Melinda Hartman

      I live in Salisbury, NC and I shop at HT just about every week. The only other stores in town are Walmart and Food Lion and I despise them!! Closest Lowe’s Foods or Bi-:Lo is 45 minutes away. This is sad news indeed!

      • Kim

        I do 90% if my shopping at HT in Salisbury also. If they change the coupon policy, I might as well shop Walmart. I wouldn’t save if I have to drive out of town. Really sad news. So much for the grocery bill!

    • Tina Ortega

      I live near Memphis – the land of Kroger since they bought out Schnucks and closed them all down. Kroger is the only grocery store other than Aldi or super Wal-Mart. As of tomorrow kroger will no longer double coupons in this region. They are saying they lowered prices instead. Beware, that they probably will not double coupons in any new stores. Hopefully, one day, we will get a Publix.

    • Tina Ortega

      I live near Memphis – the land of Kroger since they bought out Schnucks and closed them all down. Kroger is the only grocery store other than Aldi or super Wal-Mart. As of tomorrow kroger will no longer double coupons in this region. They are saying they lowered prices instead. Beware, that they probably will not double coupons in any new stores. Hopefully, one day, we will get a Publix.

    • Pfamcoupons

      Oh no! I’m in Nashville and we only had a couple of Harris Teeters near me. I am saddened by this news because the service at Kroger is horrible. Not to mentioned I have gotten great deals at the b2G3 free.

    • souperdooper

      Horribly trashy. This is what comes to mind when I think of Kroger, having visited more than once while out of state. HT was the only chain that got it right, with their mix of coupons, and welcoming upscale vibe. You can rest assured that 1/4 of their customers abandon them for Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, and even Wal-Mart. Because in the end, if you’re going to shop at a place where the yellow fluorescent lighting outshines all else, and the bread tastes like sawdust, you might as well shop at Wal-Mart, where prices are bottom of the barrel – without coupons.

      • Wackypatty

        Shopping at my local Kroger is equivalent to shopping at a down-scale Kmart. Hate it!

    • Maggiederosa

      This is the best news that Lowes Foods has had in years. If Kroger stops doubling and Publix doesn’t move in right away, Lowes Foods will be the only store in the Piedmont Triad (think all of NC from Raleigh to Charlotte) to double coupons. Probably the only chain doubling that has a major footprint in NC…and their coupon policy is very similar to Harris Teeter. They’ve been hurting lately from the $2 doubling and the sheer number of super doubling events done by HT. If they stay with the decent deals, the doubling, and the not-so-bad customer service, they will have a great opportunity to expand.
      I hope they do. If you live in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area, you’ve seen in the past ten years HT take over all the Winn-Dixie’s, Krogers, and Bilos. Unless you shop “organic” (think Trader Joes, Whole Foods, EarthFare) or decide to join the very small/ very loyal band of Aldis devotees, your only choices for “regular” grocery stores are literally HT, Lowes, and Food Lion – and you really have to look for them. We have HT stores around here like Starbucks.
      **Just in case someone savvy in social media in Kroger’s marketing department is surveying this site for feedback: if you make my grocery bill go up or if you make my shopping experience horrible wih the kind of customer service I get at Walmart, I will not put up with it quietly. I will find the store that is doing everything you are not and take my money there. And I will tell everyone I know (and everyone on this site) where I have switched too!

      • Wackypatty

        I agree, Maggie. And my concern is this: The only reason Lowes Foods started allowing Super Doubles was in response to Harris Teeter. When Harris Teeter stops doing it, Lowes will too, I’m afraid.

        • karolyn

          Yes, wackypatty, that is what I am afraid of. If things change at both stores, I don’t know if it will be worth my time to coupon any longer, except maybe with printable coupons at CVS from time to time. It will be Aldi’s and Costco for me, with an occasional stop at Wal-Mart. I am so disappointed. Couponing has allowed my family a lot of food variety that will not exist on our small budget without the everyday doubling coupons at HT.

      • AmandaS

        What about Ingles? They are quite prevalent in NC and double. They run pretty good sales and have great customer service. I believe they will benefit greatly as well!

    • magjudge

      Kroger in Waycross, Ga still doubles, I love ’em. Very coupon friendly. Store is always clean.

    • LadySiren

      Posted this on Kroger’s wall: “For those of us who are loyal HT shoppers, this purchase is TERRIBLE news. Please, please tell us that you will NOT be changing Harris Teeter’s coupon policies or stop having coupon events.”

      Received this in return: “Hi, Melissa. Thanks for your feedback. We’ll notify our leadership teams of your concerns.”

      Yeah, I’m not expecting anything good to come out of this acquisition but at least they took time to respond.

    • Kristen

      I knew this was coming – so upset!! I’ve been straddling the fence with Harris Teeter and Publix, since the new Publix’s opened our area. This merger will definitely turn me into a full-time Publix shopper, even if I have to drive 10 mins. further to get there. I’m worried that this will really affect our grocery budget – the Super Doubles/Triples at HT made it possible for us to have a $400/month grocery budget. Publix isn’t quite as good, but we’ll make it work. I doubt we’ll ever make it into a Kroger.

    • Unknown

      CALM DOWN EVERYONE!! The buy out will not be final till Feb 2014! I work for HT and they sent out each employee an email yesterday morning with the notice. STOP COMPLAINNG ABOUT GETTING ITEMS FOR FREE WITH YOUR COUPONS! Pray for us employees whose benefits, bonuses, wages, insurance, and even job security that will definitely be effected by this transition. I coupon too so I know the impact but please think before you type.

      • Deirdre

        Most of us have concerns all around. This merger will affect a lot of people including the wonderful customer service staff at HT (which we DON’T want to change). A happy, well taken care of staff makes for happy helpers (which the customers appreciate). However, if the coupon policies change it is going to be a big hit to all those who DO depend on the HT coupon programs to meet their budget. Everyone is fighting their own battle, so I’m going to have to ask YOU to please think before you type.

      • couponclipper01

        Unknown, please remember this is a couponing blog. No one here is complaining about not getting items for free with coupons. We all love HT and want the staff and policies to stay the same. I understand about merger as my company has just gone through one. I understand your feelings, but again remember this is a couponing blog where we talk about coupons, policies and the best place to get items reduced or possibly free.

    • Yellow

      What would be the chance of a Publix in Kentucky?

    • Ashley

      For all those Publix fans: I do not understand why Publix is preferred for couponing, seeing as I get more without coupons at Kroger than I get at Publix with coupons. It doesn’t take a lot of research to see that Publix is priced a lot higher – and saving more in coupon $$ doesn’t mean you’re saving more money over all. Can someone shed some light on this preference? Maybe I’m missing something?

    • CindyWindy Blogs

      Don’t like Kroger at all, I have a Kroger way closer to me, but I opt for Harris Teeter because of their coupon policies. Even though HT is more expensive, by the time you use you coupons and BOGO, B2G3, its so much cheaper. And Kroger fruit/veggies selection kind of sucks. I really hope, they keep the stores separate with their own separate coupon policies…

    • CindyWindy Blogs

      Don’t like Kroger at all, I have a Kroger way closer to me, but I opt for Harris Teeter because of their coupon policies. Even though HT is more expensive, by the time you use you coupons and BOGO, B2G3, its so much cheaper. And Kroger fruit/veggies selection kind of sucks. I really hope, they keep the stores separate with their own separate coupon policies…

    • hawke

      If they do start to change things, I’m throwing out my shopper card. I LOVE harris teeter. It’s like my shopping oasis. It’s like going to a jersey wegmans or shop right(if anyone knows what i’m talking about.) On other news, I would be estatic if they opened a publix here in swansboro.

      • guest

        I know Wegmans, they are a great grocery store too!

    • Ebony

      Well, I suppose I am the only one that is not terribly disappointed. The HT here in Fayetteville is never fully stocked, and the customer service is hit or miss. I love their coupon policy, but I can not say that they have the best sales in the grocery business. I have driven to the Kroger in Fuquay Varina on a number of occasions to do my shopping. I have also been allowed to order mass quantities of items, and they did not limit me to a specific number of coupons when they were doubling. I am going to miss triples, and super doubles, but maybe the shelves will be better stocked now. I would love for HT to have sold to Publix, but that didn’t happen, so it will still be Kroger/HT for me. Food Lion does not have decent enough deals for me, and Walmart is a dirty disgusting place. If Lowes continues to double I will drive to Lowes on occasion, when their sales are good, but for me this is not the end of the world.

      • guest

        If you drive all the way to Fuquay then keep going down Sunset Lake Road until you get to the Harris Teeter that is on the right. It is a large store (much larger than Fuquay) and they are VERY coupon friendly. I love shopping there. You could also try Lowes Foods in Holly Springs as well.

    • Bethany

      Dissapointed! I love love Harris Teeter for their customer service and qaulity! I would be very dissapointed if their coupon policy changes. They are the best deals around for couponing in Winston Salem NC. I drive past 2 Food Lions to go to them!

    • Toni

      This is the trend. Groceries are going to continue to get more expensive and even scarce because of the government’s printing unbacked money, raising the debt ceiling, spending money it does not have, using most of our corn for ethanol which damages our car engines anyway, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum. A crash is coming.
      But hearing that Publix is spreading to NC is a positive note. They are clean and their food is of higher quality than most others. Customer service tends to be superb. They’re coupon friendly. NC is blessed that they will at least have this new option for now.

    • Rhonda

      I’m so sad! I’ve been disabled from a drunk driver over twenty years, my husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness two years ago (he’s also out of work), medical bills for both are incredibly high, and our daughter is away at college with only 45 percent of aid. It is no exaggeration to say that we LIVE off HT by couponing and great sales. We bought our daughter a small freezer when she started college so she can stockpile also, primarily from HT since there are three within ten minutes of her.
      I need suggestions please on how we can fill this void before it hits. We live in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area, which is Food Lion country. There are only FL, Kroger and HT within an hour of us.

      Couponers make up a large segment of buyers today, what can we do to sway things our way? Caravans to Publix on great sale weeks LOL? We must be able to do something. Does anyone know why HT was for sale anyway? Were they not profitable? If not, could their mega sales and coupon policy have been their demise?

    • sweetpea

      Super sucks for those of us who live in the immediate DC area – meaning inside the Beltway – and use Teeter’s deals and coupon policy to stretch our food dollar. Most of our grocery options suck in terms of value – Whole Foods is way too pricey even with coupons, Safeway operates a similar coupon policy to Kroger, Trader Joe’s prices are ok but they’re often super crowded and don’t offer a huge variety in some foods, like cereals. I still have time to figure out my steps for when the Kroger takeover is finalized, but I think I’ll end up going out of my way to shop at Giant, which has a slightly watered-down version of Teeter’s current coupon policy, but is better than the other options. I’d kill for a Publix here.