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Mar 12, 2012 04:49 PM

Harris Teeter in Locust Point

Has anyone been to the new location of this particular grocery store? I like the one in the Columbia area, but am anxious to shop at the newest location as it is so much closer to where I live.

How would you compare this store to Wegman's.? There again, I am anxiously anticipating the opening of the Wegman's this coming summer in Columbia. But, locale is a primary factor for regular shopping. I go to the gourmet shops out of the area for specialty items. I.E., Eddie's, Grauls', wegman's Hunt Valley--but they are all about a 45 minute drive away. Foi Gras

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  1. I haven't been to any other Harris Teeter, so it is hard to compare, but it does have a good selection of fruit, vegetables, and herbs, which seem to be so lacking in many of the Baltimore area grocery stores. It isn't nearly as big as Wegmans, and it is much more expensive, although if you shop their weekly specials you can keep the cost down.

    1. Nice selection of meat and veg. Hot and fresh prepared foods were lacking and lackluster.

      1. Don't waste your time! We went soon after it had opened just out of curiosity and will never go back. We where there on a Sunday in the early AM. Let me preface by saying that we normally do our shopping at the HV Wegmans which is twice the distance from our house than it is to Locust Point. Firstly they don't have a coffee bar. All they have are vending machines. Then we tried the breakfast bar. We got a breakfast sandwich which was greasy tasting and the croissant was dry. The fresh fruit was hard and not ripe tasting too. Also they have put the pharmacy on the upper level which is not convenient. The vegetable were alright but because it is a smaller store, the selection was limited as was the meat/fish items. The prices where definately more than we pay at Wegmans. That time we went there were more staff in the store than shoppers but maybe that was because it was inbetween Xmas and NY. I also though that McHenry Row was rather tacky and cheap looking.

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        1. re: Pavlova2925

          Thanks to both "shureen1" and "Pavlova2995"--Guess I won't waste my time and effort. Instead I'll go back to Whole Foods at Harbor East (which I only shop there about 2 or 3 times a year).

          I am surprised that HT is more expensive then Wegman's. I've only been to the HT in Columbia about 3 or 4 times and not over the course of this year nor last. It was just too inconvenient to do my regular shopping there when I live about 2 miles from Giant. I save the Wegman's and others like Eddie's and Graul's for specialty items that aren't available at my local Giant.

          Whole Foods is just okay. Speaking of expensive.....I miss sutton Place Gourmeet--another very expensive store long past, but was able to find unusual items.

          And speaking of the general grocery stores--I live about 15 minutes from a Safeway--they are much more pricey then Giant and/or Mars (which Mars is sort of downscale--but they do have a few items that I can't find at the local Giant).

          I guess it's a matter of demograhpics. My hubby loves to shop at WalMart--oh my--definitely not my cup of tea. I prepare a list for him for staples such as toilet paper, sodas, etc., but rarely, if ever, actual fresh food items. I just don't trust the refrigeration/handling process of such a huge chain. FoiGras

          1. re: FoiGras

            I agree that the Locust Point HT is a waste of time.

          2. re: Pavlova2925

            I'm boggled that people go to a supermarket for a "coffee bar" and for breakfast.

            I was there last Friday for the first time (because I had to go to Charm City Run to pick up my race bib for a 5k). I was quite impressed with the produce section. I thought it was better than the Whole Foods Harbor East produce section.

            No, it's not Wegman's, but Wegman's is a long drive from here.

            I do agree that McHenry Row was typical suburban tacky.

          3. I don't understand you, FoiGras. You like the Harris Teeter in Columbia, but won't waste your time to, even, visit the McHenry store?

            Well, here's what you're missing...

            The building is LEED Certified which means that it has met the necessary standards for site development, energy efficiency, water savings, etc. From the skylights and LED lighting in the frozen and refrigerated sections (which turn on only when a person approaches) to recycling the heat given off by the cooling system to heat the water, this store is environmentally friendly.

            The store is bright and airy and has ample space to navigate the aisles. The grocery is on the first floor while the pharmacy and health and beauty section is on the second floor.

            The produce is above par and includes a variety of organic fruits and vegetables. (I have never purchased a bad piece of fruit or vegetable at Harris Teeter; I've been shopping the Colunbia and Fulton Harris Teeters since they opened).

            The seafood department is excellent and it does have a nice variety including dry scallops, chilean sea bass, Maryland Rockfish, soft shell clams, and FRESH head-on, gulf-coast shrimp. The seafood department will also steam your seafood for no charge.

            The meat department has a generous selection ranging from your regular chicken, beef and pork to store-made sausages (the bratwurst and english bangers are my favorites) and in-store, dry-aged prime beef (you can select your steak from the glass case and have it cut to order). Other than Ceriello's in Belvedere Square, I don't know of any grocer that has the aging process visible to the shoppers.

            The cheese department has a decent selection, from your everyday brie to an excellent parmesan reggiano.

            The dairy section has organic milk, cage-free eggs, and multiple varieties of yogurt.

            The frozen foods section includes pizzas, frozen oatmeal, seafood, Gifford’s Ice Cream, etc.

            The grocery aisles have a wide variety of national and regional brands. If you want a bottle of 30-year-old balsamic vinegar, it’s there along with the ramen noodles and Kashi cereal.

            The deli offers Boar’s Head products and also has prepared entrees and sides such as broiled, bacon-wrapped shrimp and asparagus with raspberries.

            Attached to the deli is the sub station where you can have a sub/wrap freshly prepared for you. Selections range from coldcut subs prepared with Boar’s Head meats and hot subs such as pork bar-b-que.

            There is also a pizza station and a sushi station where you can get freshly-prepared pizza and made to order sushi.

            There is also a salad bar (fresh and kept clean), an Asian food bar, and a hot food bar.

            Connected to the produce department through an open door, is a wine and beer shop that is open seven days a week. Inside is a bar to which you can bring in your meal from Harris Teeter, sit down and enjoy your meal with a beer or a glass of wine. There is also seating on the first floor, by customer service, on the second floor and in the lobby.

            Free WiFi.

            My grocery shopping stores include Giant, Safeway, Mars, Shoprite, Box and Save, Shoppers, Weis, Trader Joe’s, Eddie’s, Graul’s, Balducci’s (in Bethesda and formerly known as Sutton Place Gourmet), and Wegmans.

            I used to be a regular Wegmans shopper from the day it first opened in Hunt Valley. But, over time, I found that many of the name brand products that I purchased at Wegmans were being pulled and replaced by a Wegmans version at the same price of the national product. Also, although Wegmans may have more items in their store, a large number of them are their store brand, unlike Harris Teeter, whose products reflect national, local, and regional items.

            The pricing; it really just depends. Some items are higher-priced at one store and lower at another. Comparing Harris Teeter to Wegmans, I’ve found that, overall, Harris Teeter is less expensive than Wegmans when comparing name brand products.

            Harris Teeter has some great sales which include buy-one-get-one-free deals. Unlike most stores, you don’t have to get both items for the sale price; you can only get one as the bogo items ring up at half price.

            And, last, but definitely not least, Customer Service is impeccable. If an item is not on the shelf, the staff happily goes back into the stockroom to see if there is any. If you’re looking for an item and can’t find it, instead of motioning in a vague direction, the staff will walk you over to it. If you find you’re crunched for time, you can order on-line, drive up to the store, and have the groceries brought out to your car.

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            1. re: Vidute

              Agree completely Vidute! It is not near me, but is near my church, so I go Sundays and have been extremely impressed by everything in the store.

              1. re: Vidute

                I agree as well! I've been most impressed with their meat and fish counter...very nice product as a reasonable price.

                What's up with the checkout situation? Is there a store that does it more inefficiently than HT?

                1. re: Vidute

                  Okay--you've convinced me to at least check out this new HT. I especially like the fact that one can purchase wine next door, even on a Sunday. When I lived in Florida and California, all of the grocery stores carried beer and wine, even on Sundays. Maryland's antiquated liquor laws are outrageously ridiculous. Even in Harford County there is beer and wine at the 7-11's. FoiGras

                  1. re: Vidute

                    Wow! I wish my local Harris Teeter stores were as glorious as that. I shop there regularly but I've never seen aged beef and the seafood and fish is good but availability is inconsistent (which may be a good thing if they don't bother getting what isn't very good).

                    I don't go to grocery stores to eat a meal, but your description sounds inviting.