The long-awaited reopening of the Harris Teeter on S. Glebe Road is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The store, located at 3600 S. Glebe Road in Arlington, 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 store has undergone a complete renovation, including “…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 press release.
Harris Teeter is celebrating the grand reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The store will be open 24 hours and its pharmacy will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
In Alexandria, a new Harris Teeter is expected to open in late summer or early fall 2014 at The Kingsley Apartments in North Old Town.