NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Kroger announced on Tuesday it is buying three of the four Harris Teeter grocery stores that are set to close later this year.
The three stores, located in Hillsboro Village, the Westhaven Town Center and Peartree Village, are all scheduled to close on or around June 15.
The stores will close before undergoing renovations and reopening as Kroger.
“Nashville is a strong market and a strong market for Kroger and we’re excited to be able to continue to grow,” said Melissa Eads, Kroger’s Marketing and Public Relations manager for the Nashville division.
Harris Teeter currently employs 335 associates at the three locations in addition to the store located on Highway 100.
The store on Highway 100 will close permanently.
Employees were notified of the closings Tuesday.
In an email to News 2, Harris Teeter spokesperson Danna Jones wrote, “Opening and closing stores is a necessary part of the retail industry, and leaving a market is always a difficult decision. The Nashville market did not support Harris Teeter’s future business plans.”
Kroger’s Nashville division is encouraging Harris Teeter associates to apply for a job in local Kroger stores.
“Harris Teeter associates are among the best in the grocery business. We welcome them to apply for opportunities to join our great team of Kroger associates in Nashville,” said Eads. “Kroger continues to grow in Nashville, and we look forward to serving more customers in more locations in the coming months.”
Kroger currently employs 12,000 associates in 90 stores throughout eastern and Middle Tennessee.