Harris Teeter opens at former Farm Fresh on John Tyler Highway

Staff writer

Harris Teeter opened its third Greater Williamsburg store last Wednesday in James City County's Governor’s Green Shopping Center.

The store is 55,000 square feet, according to a James City County news release, and is the fourth of a group of former Farm Fresh stores purchased by Harris Teeter last May. According to a past Daily Press report, Harris Teeter purchased a Farm Fresh store at at 227 Fox Hill Road in Hampton along with the location on John Tyler Highway.

According to the county news release, the store features Harris Teeter’s ExpressLane Online Shopping service, which allows customers to purchase their groceries online and then either pick them up or have them delivered to their homes, according to the company’s website. The store also features a hot foods bar, salad bar, a sub shop and fresh sushi.

The Governor’s Green Harris Teeter joins other locations on Quarterpath Road and in James City County’s Lightfoot Marketplace.

The three Greater Williamsburg stores are staffed by a combined 225 full-time employees and 191 part-time employees, according to Kate Sipes, assistant director of economic development for James City County.

“We are very excited to see a grocery store return to that location and add another option for residents nearby,” James City County Economic Development Director Amy Jordan said.

The John Tyler Highway Harris Teeter is open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight. The grocery store’s pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The new Harris Teeter supermarket is located at 4511 John Tyler Highway in the Governor’s Green Shopping Center. For more information, call the store at 757-941-1680.

Jenny Connors, a partner with regional law firm Williams Mullen specializing in tax law and tax incentives for investments in qualified opportunity zones, spoke to 66 members of the local business community at the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority’s monthly business roundtable luncheon.

Last year, the Grove area of James City County and the northeastern part of Williamsburg were among 212 census tracts in the state to be designated as opportunity zones by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

The opportunity zones program was a result of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and is meant to encourage economic development in qualified low-income census tracts through tax incentives for prospective businesses.

“Opportunity zones are census tracts that were nominated by Governor (Ralph) Northam,” Connors said. “We had all of these low-income communities under the new market tax credit program, and what the opportunity zone program did is that it told each governor of each state to designate 25 percent of its low-income communities as opportunity zones.”

Since the designation of opportunity zones across the state, Connors said she’s helped business owners make investments in these low-income communities, which could reap long-term tax benefits.

“Deals are getting done,” she said. “We have closed several deals and we have a lot more in the pipeline, so people are moving on this.”

Connors said the program allows businesses in these opportunity zones to either defer or reduce their taxes on the initial capital gain from the sale or exchange of property, or to avoid tax payments on on future capital gain from the sale or exchange of an opportunity zone investment.

Jordan said there haven’t been any businesses that have taken advantage of Grove’s opportunity zone designation yet.

“We haven’t seen any immediate impacts, but that’s why we’re engaged in speaking opportunities like this,” Jordan said.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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