Harris Teeter began in 1936 when William Thomas Harris and Willis L. Teeter opened Harris Super Market in Charlotte, North Carolina. This store still exists, though it is currently being renovated.
In 1939, Willis and Robert Teeter opened Teeter’s Food Mart in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1960, these two companies merged and opened their first joint venture in Kannapolis.
In 1969, Harris Teeter was purchased by the Ruddick Corporation.
In 1980, the company purchased Harris Farms dairy. In 1984, Food World was acquired.
In the late 1980s, the company began to expand outside of the Carolinas under the leadership of Edward Dunn. The chain was the first to test plastic shopping bags and also the first to install child belts into shopping carts.
Today, the company operates over 200 stores along the east coast and south. The Harris Teeter corporate office is located in Matthews, NC.