The exterior of the new Harris Teeter in Plaza Midwood.

The newly-rebuilt Harris Teeter in Plaza Midwood is set to open tomorrow morning, Wednesday, May 29, during an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with store officials and members of the Harris family. qnotes got a special sneak peek and tour of the new store on Tuesday morning.

Since 2012, the Plaza Midwood neighborhood has waited patiently as its neighborhood grocery store underwent a dramatic change. The original store, built in 1950 to replace the original Harris market opened in the 1930s, was demolished. A new, 51,000 square foot facility now stands in its place. Inside, reclaimed wood from the 1950 store adorns produce stands and lines the ceiling of the building.

The two-floor facility includes a Starbucks, an expanded eatery and top-of-the-line, energy saving refrigerators and freezers, as well as a green roof lined with evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous plants. The live roof will capture about 0.625 gallons of water from the building’s runoff, according to installer Seth Leff of Riverbend Nurseries. The rest of the run-off will be cleaned and filtered before reaching the ground.

“The associates have really made this happen,” Harris Teeter Communications Manager Catherine Becker told qnotes. “It’s been a team effort and they deserve a lot of credit.”

The new store will employ about 180 associates, including store director Mark Peskowitz, who has been at the Plaza Midwood location for four years and in other locations with the company for 15 years.

“The excitement of the customers will be something,” he said. “They’re getting everything they’ve asked for.”

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All photos courtesy and copyright Jimmie Cobb / JC Digital Photography Works.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.