Harris Teeter Opens in Downtown Bethesda

Harris Teeter Opens in Downtown Bethesda

24-hour store includes a pharmacy and Starbucks

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The Harris Teeter on the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane opened Wednesday.

Joe Zimmermann

Grocery store Harris Teeter welcomed customers to its new store in downtown Bethesda after a grand opening ceremony Wednesday morning.

Located on the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane, the nearly 50,000-square-foot store occupies most of the basement level of the Flats 8300 building, developer StonebridgeCarras’ 359-unit project where move-ins have started.

The Bethesda Harris Teeter is open around the clock and offer fresh produce, chefs on site, full-service butchers and “fisherman’s” markets, custom floral arrangements, a cheese bar and a selection of hot foods, salads and sandwiches, store director Tony Vettese said. The store also includes a Starbucks and a seating area.

Free two-hour parking is available in a garage beneath the store. The store has eight checkout aisles and four “express” checkout aisles. Its pharmacy is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

But what sets Harris Teeter—which has six Montgomery County locations in Clarksburg, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, North Bethesda, Olney and Potomac—apart from other nearby grocery stores is its customer service, Vettese said.

“We talk to our customers,” he said. “You’re not going to find that at Safeway or Giant.”

Vettese also touted the store’s Prime Rib Thursdays, where fresh prime rib is prepared in the store and served once every week.

Employees and shoppers stand near the seafood section of the store on its grand opening. (Photo: Joe Zimmermann)

The cheese bar offers a variety of dairy products from around the world. (Photo: Joe Zimmermann)

Several shoppers roamed the store after the grand opening, perusing the selection with guidance from employees.

Mary Blasberg, a North Bethesda resident, said she enjoys shopping at the Rockville Harris Teeter and likes the store for the variety and quality of its items.

Julieann Truitt of Bethesda stopped at the store after dropping her kids off at school and said store employees were accommodating.

“The parking’s kind of tight, but that’s the only negative so far,” she said. “I like Harris Teeter. They have a good selection and the employees have all been—I know it’s the first day—but they’ve all been really helpful.”

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