CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this week, Kroger announced that it would buy the upscale grocery store chain Harris Teeter.
But the merger will probably have a limited impact on West Virginian customers, Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said Thursday.
Harris Teeter operates 212 stores around the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions. It has no stores in West Virginia.
Dailey said Kroger stores would continue to provide the same services Kroger customers in West Virginia already rely on. Those include the rewards and customer loyalty programs.
But Kroger may subtly alter its business model throughout a longer period of time.
"Over the long term, our goal is to learn from Harris Teeter," Dailey said.
He said that Kroger hopes to find out what Harris Teeter does best and apply those lessons to Kroger stores nationwide.
"We're always looking for ways to improve the customer experience," Dailey said. "We have long admired Harris Teeter."