The long-awaited reopening of the Harris Teeter on South Glebe Road is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The 44,000-square-foot store will be open 24 hours and was renovated using sustainable design concepts — motion sensors in refrigerated cases control lights, for instance, and a heat reclamation system is designed to reduce energy waste.
The store, at 3600 S. Glebe Road in the Potomac Yard area, also features “all new flooring; new drywall and paint; updated equipment; wooden display cases; new fixtures; an expanded seating area; an expanded floral department; new prepared food stations including pizza, an Asian hot bar, and a made-to-order sandwich bar; and sustainable décor elements. The Company also re-designed its pharmacy to feature an open floor plan that will allow our pharmacists to better serve their customers,” according to a news release.
It has six checkout lanes plus three self-checkouts.
The store has been closed since May 2012 following an interior flood caused by a sewage backup.
The lack of a grocery store caused nearby residents to grow restless; they asked the Arlington County Board to take "any and all actions necessary" to fast track the store's reopening.
Elected officials and county executives pledged to do so, and Harris Teeter announced a fall 2013 reopening two days later.
Last month, Harris Teeter filed suit against the county, saying Arlington’s failure to monitor and maintain its nearby water treatment plant caused the sewage backup. The suit also claims the county ignored warnings and problems with equipment.
Harris Teeter is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
The company is celebrating the grand reopening with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Its pharmacy will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Arlington is home to four other Harris Teeter stores, with locations in Ballston, Shirlington Village, the Lee Harrison Shopping Center and Pentagon City.