Harris Teeter in our Community

Harris Teeter, a grocery chain supposedly owned by Kroger, announces on its community page:

The tragedies that so many families across our country have experienced for many years and are experiencing right now is unacceptable. The senseless killing of George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. And so many more – too many more across our country – has shaken us to our core. We share in our feelings of sadness, fear and outrage.

At the same time, this enterprise which occupies buildings on property owned by REEP-RTL SASI GA LLC, which is a subsidiary of NY LIFE REAL ESTATE HODLINGS, LLC located on Madison Avenue in New York City, is allowing itself to be used as a front to petition for permission to install gasoline storage and dispensing facilities on the site.

Perhaps that is consistent with

Harris Teeter’s culture of Service Excellence … founded on the pillars of Ownership, Empathy, Engagement & Empowerment.

but it certainly ignores the expressed interests of our Saint Simons Community and the welfare of our fragile environment. The last thing we need is more gasoline and hydrocarbons contaminating the ground water and our marshes.

Perhaps Harris Teeter management is just dense. Who touts “Round-Up” as a fund raising ploy, considering the damage the herbicide with that name has caused? Of course, that may also explain the compacting of unsold food stuffs so hungry dumpster-divers cannot retrieve it. Have they considered donations to Second Harvest, Sparrow’s Nest, The Well or Manna House?

For every truckload donated by its suppliers, Harris Teeter purchased a truckload for donation and distributed the meals among Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, N.C., Manna Food Bank in Asheville, N.C., Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C., Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia in Virginia Beach and Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.