Retail

Harris Teeter permanently closing troubled Ashburn location

The store will close towards the end of April.

Surprising news on the local grocery store scene — a Harris Teeter store is giving up the ghost and closing down in late April.

The Burn has confirmed that the Harris Teeter grocery store in the Shops at Moorefield Village shopping center in Ashburn is scheduled to close on April 25.

We are told the closure is not directly related to the current coronavirus pandemic. Rather that the closure had been in the works for some time and happened to coincide with the current crisis.

The store — just off Loudoun County Parkway near the intersection with Mooreview Parkway — has a reputation as the “loneliest” Harris Teeter in the area due to the belief that not a lot of people shop there. Indeed, the whole shopping center — part of the greater Moorefield development coming around the new Metro station — has never really seemed to take off. There has been turn-over in the few retails spaces available, occasional empty storefronts and undeveloped pad sites.

The loss of the 52,000 s.f. supermarket isn’t going to help matters unless the owners get another tenant lined up quickly.

Hat tip to readers Jamie Musson and E.M. for the news tip about the upcoming closure.

(Image at top: KLNB)

 

 

17 Comments
  1. Ashok Viswanath 3 years ago
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    Hello,

    Thank you for your post regarding the upcoming closure of the Ashburn Harris Teeter.

    Do you know if this includes the Tesla Superchargers located in the parking lot on its premises? And the gas station?

    Thanks again for keeping your readers informed.

    • Chris Wadsworth 3 years ago
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      You are thinking of the wrong Harris Teeter. The one with the Tesla chargers is not closing.

    • Joe Mateo 3 years ago
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      This is the one between Loudoun Valley Estates and Toll Road (267)

  2. Ashok Viswanath 3 years ago
    Reply

    Hello,

    Thank you for your post regarding the upcoming closure of the Ashburn Harris Teeter.

    Do you know if this includes the Tesla Superchargers located in the parking lot on its premises? And the gas station?

    Thanks again for keeping your readers informed.

  3. Mark 3 years ago
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    It’s a shame it is closing especially now with the pandemic going on. I always wondered what HT was thinking putting 3 so close together (Moorefield, Broadlands, Brambleton), but never understood how Brambleton could be so crowded constantly, but Moorefield was always empty even with all the housing that has gone in around it for the last five years (and much more to come). That is such a sad shopping center, really thought it was going to be like Landsdowne Town Center when they first started it. Just don’t know why they can’t get vendors there with so many people living around it. Would love to see them put in a Whole Foods into that location, but sure that won’t happen. It’s too big for a Trader Joes.

  4. CR 3 years ago
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    Aw, I liked this one precisely for it’s un-crowded atmosphere. But I realize that is not a sustainable business model. Sad to see it go.

  5. SN 3 years ago
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    Not surprised. Harris teeter designs their stores to be smaller than most other chain groceries, to ensure a “quick” shopping experience. Getting in and out of that particular shopping center isnt easy, relatively speaking. There are other stores in the area that makes the whole experience easier from entry into the parking lot, parking, getting into the store and getting out of the parking lot.

  6. Daniel Roy 3 years ago
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    What are the reasons for this closure. It looks to be in a good location. I don’t know the vibe in this neighborhood, but the HT in my neighborhood has a Aldi in the parking lot and is still busy. I thought people liked HT.

  7. I wonder if this is due to location, or just the glut of grocery stores?

  8. M 3 years ago
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    I loved this HT and always went there because it wasn’t crowded and the familiar staff was always friendly… the other stores were always so crowded

  9. Les Bailey 3 years ago
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    Anyone surprised??? Ingress and Egress. There is no way to exit the parking lot back onto the roadways. Just double-checked myself on google maps, and even there all arrows show going Inbound. I used to commute through there, so went half dozen times, and each time wound around through townhomes trying to get back to Ryan Road somehow…..

  10. Erin 3 years ago
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    This entire plaza is very hard to get to- it’s like a maze driving through the neighborhood to get there. It’s a lovely store but I am not surprised it closed, especially considering how close it is to the Brambleton Harris Teeter.

  11. Bill 3 years ago
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    Have been wondering for years how this stayed open. Though I live in Brambleton we drive past every day so we shop this HT vs Brambleton. No crowds and always stocked. Sorry to see it go but it appears to be a long awaited business decision

  12. Bill 3 years ago
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    Went by this store today 2/29. It’s the last day for grocery but pharmacy open until April 26th. The store was pretty bare. Was surprised that there was no sale but there were zero perishables out.

  13. Martin 3 years ago
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    Entry is not the only problem. This location lacked in keeping their rotation of perishable goods in check. Although I still shopped there for dry goods and household supplies when I had to, I would go to Brambleton for my big runs.

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