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Self Checkout at the Grocery Comes to Hilton Head
Harris Teeter Opens U-Scan

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – March 4, 2002 --- The Harris Teeter grocery stores located at Park Plaza and Main Street Village are boasting a new feature that allows customers to check out their own groceries. Called "U-Scan," the self-checkout unit allows customers with any size orders to handle the entire checkout process. The new service is available at the stores at 123 Park Plaza and 301 Main Street.

"People are starved for time today, so we wanted to offer them another alternative for checking out quickly," said Jessica Graham, Harris Teeter's corporate relations manager.

With U-Scan, customers can scan and pay for their groceries at the unit using a credit card, cash or check. There is no involvement from a cashier unless identification is needed for alcohol or tobacco purchases.

Harris Teeter has 57 other U-Scans operating in stores throughout its marketing area.

Harris Teeter, Inc., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is ranked as one of the top 50 largest supermarkets in the United States with fiscal year 2001 sales of $2.4 billion. The grocery store chain employs about 14,000 people and has 141 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.