retail news in context, analysis with attitude reports that Harris Teeter has decided not to build a $101 million, 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Virginia’s King George County that it had originally announced in January 2009.

The original development plans were put on hold because of the recession. Now, Harris Teeter says, “prompted by a drop in fuel costs and the availability of affordable warehouse space in closer proximity to its existing distribution centers, Harris Teeter decided to earmark its capital toward other projects and not pursue the new distribution center.”

According to the story, “Harris Teeter has distribution centers in the Charlotte and Greensboro areas and a smaller ‘relay station’ in Spotsylvania County. The company will supply its existing locations and the nine stores it plans to open in fiscal 2011 through those facilities.

“Harris Teeter has targeted Northern Virginia as an expansion area.”
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