Matthews-based Harris Teeter could be for sale, according to the Associated Press.
Other media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, were reporting this week the Matthews-based company is considering a sale and has retained J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to explore its options. Harris Teeter corporate offices are located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Company spokeswoman Danna Jones couldn’t confirm the reports Wednesday.
“Harris Teeter, as a matter of policy, does not comment on rumors regarding mergers and acquisitions,” Jones said in an email.
Harris Teeter operates a regional chain of supermarkets in eight states and the District of Columbia. At the end of the 2012 fiscal year, the company operated 208 grocery stores, including 136 in North Carolina, and had about 25,300 employees, according to the company’s website.
In September, the company bought the former PCA International photo-processing building at 815 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, according to a Mecklenburg County regulatory filing.
The building, once owned by Missouri’s portrait studio operator Consumer Program Incorporated, or CPI, agreed to sell the 163,846-square-foot building on almost 16 acres for $2.45 million, according to the filing. The building, once used for photo developing, includes office space and a warehouse. Conbraco Industries, of Matthews, was leasing warehouse space there.
At press time it wasn’t clear how Harris Teeter intends to use the building.