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    Harris Teeter Set to Open First Wash. DC Unit

    The 37,000-square-foot store will feature top-quality Farmers Market produce, Rancher and Reserve Angus and Naturals Beef, seafood and more, the chain says.

    Harris Teeter said yesterday it plans to open its first Washington, D.C. store on April 22.

    The 37,000-square-foot unit will feature all the typical Harris-Teeter accoutrements, including top-quality Farmers Market produce, Rancher and Reserve Angus and Naturals Beef, an extensive selection of seafood in Harris Teeter's Fishermans Market, and a variety of deli and bakery items in the Fresh Foods Market, the retailer said.

    The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, while its in-store pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Other special features include four self-check-out (USCAN) lanes; an in-store dining area; international foods and international cheeses; chef-prepared pastries and artisan breads; sushi; a fresh fruit bar; a full-service floral department; a wine consultant; and a red box DVD rental kiosk.

    The chain also has a 50,000-square-foot store in the works, in the rapidly emerging NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood. That store is scheduled to open in the winter of 2010/2011.

    "Harris Teeter has been studying the NoMa market for the past several years," said Fred Morganthall, president.

    NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington DC.

    A wholly owned subsidiary of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Ruddick Corp., Harris Teeter operates 168 stores in eight southeastern states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, and Delaware.

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