RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh residents are rejoicing because a grocery store is finally committing to downtown. Harris Teeter will be making its home at the Seaboard Station.
“We’re excited to have a major anchor like Harris Teeter here,” said Ellan Maynard, a vendor at Hunt and Gather in Seaboard Station.
With a full-service Harris Teeter soon to be nearby, Maynard is hoping for an increase in foot traffic for their store. She’s also excited because as a downtown resident, it will be her new destination for groceries.
“The closest place for me to go is Cameron Village and that’s several stoplights and much traffic,” explained Maynard. “This will be so much closer we can literally walk,” she said.
“Getting a grocery store downtown is really important to making downtown a true, livable urban center,” said Bill King, with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
The Alliance has been working hard to bring a grocery store to the area, and it’s an item on their comprehensive plan they can check off.
“We want to keep building off this and keep adding more retail. And it’s not to say that this will be the only grocery store that comes into downtown. There’re certainly opportunities for others to come in,” said King.
There are no details on when exactly we could see the new Teeter, or exactly where the 55,000 square-foot store will go in Seaboard Station. But, residents are just happy to have a grocery store to look forward to.
“The running joke is that I would sell my car if there was as grocery store in downtown because it’s the only reason I ever leave. We have everything else we need down here,” said resident Ashley Melville.
Seaboard Station offers 92,000 square feet of shopping, dining and specialty service options.
It is located at the northern end of downtown Raleigh, off Peace and Halifax Streets, and is adjacent to William Peace University. Developed in the 1940s, it is a former train depot and warehouse complex.