Posted: Jul 09, 2013 7:41 AM EST
MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) -
A major change is coming to a Matthews-bases grocery store chain after one of the largest grocery chains in the world says it will buy the company.
Kroger Co. announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash.
Cincinnati-based Kroger says they will keep the Harris Teeter brand and the company will continue to be based in Matthews.
Harris Teeter operates 212 stores across the southeast and in Washington, D.C. It also has two distribution centers and a dairy facility all in North Carolina.
Kroger currently operates 2,419 supermarkets in 31 states, while Harris Teeter operates 212 stores in southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets, along with a pair of distribution centers and a dairy facility.