Hilton Head Island Harris Teeter reopens in new, larger space

gmartin@islandpacket.comApril 2, 2012 

Harris Teeter fresh food clerk Jennifer Strickland prepares slices of cheese Monday afternoon inside the newly remodeled Park Plaza Harris Teeter on Hilton Head Island. The new structure, which is more than 15,000 feet larger than the old store, will reopen today at 5:30 p.m.

SARAH WELLIVER

The Harris Teeter on Hilton Head Island's south end will reopen today after a four-month project to move into larger quarters in the Park Plaza shopping center.

The new store, which was in early stages of construction when the adjacent, original Harris Teeter closed in late November, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. at 33 Office Park Road.

At more than 50,000 square feet, the new Harris Teeter is about 50 percent larger than its former home. The old store was demolished and converted into parking space.

The store will feature several new amenities, including a pharmacy, salad bar and a misting station for bikers and walkers.

Some new features -- such as motion-detection lighting and doors on medium-temperature cases in the store's fish and butcher's markets -- are designed to conserve energy.

The former Harris Teeter was built in 1988, and it was too small to offer the variety of products and amenities available at the chain's more recently built locations, according to company spokeswoman Catherine Reuhl.

By opening in early April, the store can take advantage of the spike in visitors to Hilton Head's south end during Easter weekend and the RBC Heritage.

All of the old store's 50 former employees were invited to return to their jobs, and many of them began restocking shelves in mid-March. The store will have 130 employees, according to Reuhl.

The store will be open from 5:30 p.m. to midnight today, 8 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, and commence regular operating hours of 7 a.m. to midnight Thursday.

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