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Harris Teeter considers adding 50 jobs to Indian Trail distribution center

27 August 2013

Ken Elkins, Charlotte Business Journal

Union County is trying to encourage Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. (NYSE:HTSI) to add 50 jobs to its massive distribution center in Indian Trail.

The Union Board of County Commissioners voted last week to offer incentives to the company, which is scheduled to be bought by The Kroger Co. Harris Teeter wants to add 50,000 square feet to one of its distribution centers at a cost of about $4 million.

The Indian Trail center, which measures 580,000 square feet and has 365 employees, is in the running. But other Harris Teeter distribution centers in North Carolina and Virginia are also competing for the addition.

The Harris Teeter expansion would likely be the first economic-development project approved under a new expanded Union County incentives program. Last week, commissioners approved an initiative that closely aligns with incentives already in use in Monroe.

The new county rules extend incentive grants to five years from three years and set out a four-tier system that rebates from 1.65 percent to 2.35 percent of a new or expanding company’s investment in the county.

Earlier this year, Monroe and Union County combined their economic-development efforts under Chris Platé, Monroe executive director of economic development and aviation.

“We’re working to unify the message in the county,” Platé says. His agency is now called the Monroe Union County Economic Development.

Kroger announced in July that it intends to acquire Matthews-based Harris Teeter for roughly $2.5 billion, including assumption of $100 million in debt.

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