FORT MILL — The Harris Teeter location that has been dormant since the land was clear-cut in 2010 has come alive with construction activity.
Danna Jones, a spokesperson for the Matthews, N.C.-based chain, confirmed work has resumed on the 50,000-square-foot grocery store, but declined to provide a projected opening date or what type of format the store might feature.
Harris Teeter was acquired by the Cinncinatti, Ohio-based Kroger chain earlier this year. The deal was finalized Oct. 3, but Federal Trade Commission approval is still pending. Jones said the new store will be operated under the Harris Teeter banner.
The grocery store will be part of the new Springfield Town Center, near the intersection of Hwy. 21 Business and Springfield Parkway, across the road from Captain Steve’s restaurant and next to the Flint Hill Fire Department.
The store will be similar in size to the Harris Teeter on Hwy. 160 West in Fort Mill Township across from Baxter Village.
The architecture of the shopping center will be similar to Baxter Town Center, officials said when plans for the Springfield store were first announced. The shopping center will have space for approximately eight small retail stores or restaurants, as well as out-parcels for additional commercial uses.
However, work on the center stopped soon after the land was cleared. Harris Teeter said little about why the project was put on hold and wouldn’t answer the question of whether the move was related to the still-recovering economy.
In the meantime, a Publix opened in Fort Mill and in Indian land. The Fort Mill store celebrates its one-year anniversary this week.