Martinsville, VA -- Kroger announced they are buying Harris Teeter for $2.5 billion, Tuesday.
The grocery store chain was already one of the nation's largest. With this purchase, they'll now operate more than 2,600 stores across 34 states.
READ: Kroger To Buy Harris Teeter For About $2.5 Billion
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford traveled to the nearest Kroger in Martinsville, VA. Other nearby Krogers are in Durham.
Kroger customers in Martinsville said:
- Better quality than Food Lion or Walmart
- Fruits, vegetables, and meats are fresher than Food Lion or Walmart
- Pricing is higher than Food Lion or Walmart
- Offer many coupons
- Carry unique and local products
- Not as upscale as Harris Teeter
- Smaller selection than Harris Teeter
News 2 investigated prices at Kroger to Harris Teeter. In our comparison, prices are cheaper at Kroger.
Kroger Harris Teeter
Gallon Generic Skim Milk $2.99 $3.89
Jumbo Pack Pampers Diapers $18.99 $19.99
Jar Of Generic Mixed Nuts $3.49 $3.99
Dozen Large Eggs $1.79 $1.99
100 Ounces of Tide Detergent $11.99 $12.99
An industry insider told News 2 that a big part of Kroger's business plan is shortening the amount of time in the check-out line. By the end of the year, the grocery chain plans on installing infrared cameras to monitor the lines, which alerts staff when to open new cash registers.
READ: New technology helps Kroger speed up checkout times
News 2 obtained the e-mail Harris Teeter employees received on Tuesday. According to that e-mail, Kroger might add more manufacturing and production in High Point.
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