Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE:HTSI)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

A Holding company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in two businesses: Harris Teeter currently operates a regional chain of supermarkets in seven southeastern states and A&E manufactures and distributes thread and technical textiles on a global basis.

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Member Avatar rd80 (98.66) Submitted: 2/11/2012 8:57:29 PM : Outperform Start Price: $40.73 HTSI Score: -18.68

I like the ticker symbol.

Alyce Lomax gave me a shout-out after I mentioned Ruddick in a comment and decided I should back that up with a CAPScall.
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/05/16/rising-star-buy-whole-foods-market.aspx

I had mentioned this as a value alternative to Whole Foods. RDK has done alright, but hasn't kept pace with WFM.

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Member Avatar UltraContrarian (31.30) Submitted: 7/26/2009 9:44:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.26 HTSI Score: -9.21

RDK is underpriced because they are a bit on the boring side. Growth and margins are slightly above average for grocers and the valuation is cheaper than the overall market.

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Member Avatar heckishfire (52.05) Submitted: 7/23/2009 10:24:25 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.32 HTSI Score: +29.25

RDK is engaged in both Harris Teeter and A&E clothing. Harris Teeter has by far the best customer service of any grocery store I've been in (this includes multiple states). Their food selection is phenomenal - well above that of Food Lion or Kroger.

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Member Avatar smith4621 (< 20) Submitted: 3/14/2009 2:59:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.77 HTSI Score: +3.21

having a several harris teeter stores for the past 9 years and seeing how the company operates on the round level, i really feel that it is a winner.

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Member Avatar MCSqueeze (75.53) Submitted: 9/24/2008 11:32:21 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.08 HTSI Score: +4.12

Great company with superior product in comparison with industry leaders. Excellent management is revealed through their superior customer service. Financial statements suggest to me, slow, but steady growth. Above average P/E suggests, you get what you pay for...

I think IrishBlueTwo said it best: "Company has found its niche and target customers and market areas where it preforms well."

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Member Avatar thegrimbo (90.16) Submitted: 6/5/2008 9:26:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $33.56 HTSI Score: +7.82

Great alternative to whole foods, seems to be picking up some attention in the grocery section

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Member Avatar billyhall (97.98) Submitted: 4/12/2008 4:01:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.13 HTSI Score: +3.20

Harris Teeter is like Whole Foods for the masses. They are more accessible and cheaper, and they carry all the brands most average people want. The company has other businesses to keep it diversified, and it pays a dividend.

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Member Avatar BurnsComedy (95.13) Submitted: 3/27/2008 1:39:37 AM : Outperform Start Price: $29.78 HTSI Score: +37.49

I bought this stock because I buy into this company. Far and away the best customer service at any grocery store I've ever shopped--consistently good customer service from one store to the next. On top of that, the stores are ONLY in perfect locations. Always a pleasure to shop there, and meanwhile their main competitor (where I am living in Charlotte, NC) is Food Lion...which is not a competitor as it's nickname around here is Food Beast because of how nasty the stores are. There may be high competition in other parts of the country, but in Charlotte, NC Harris Teeter is dominating. Am I worried about Whole Foods and Trader Joe's down the road? Yes, but in the end I think the management, customer service, food selection, and ability to pick premier locations will continue to drive this company to greater success. Admittedly, I know very little about their textile business, which is about 20% of their total. Growing dividend and earnings momentum doesn't hurt either.

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Member Avatar IlliniTransplant (24.70) Submitted: 3/24/2008 2:09:11 PM : Underperform Start Price: $33.04 HTSI Score: -6.48

Man, a sale at Harris Teeter is like $3 for a 2-liter of generic soda. I got a VIC card, but what's the point? What's the deal with those grocery cards anyways? Why not just give me a sale without needing to remember the stupid little card. If I put all those little things on my keychain, I'd never get it into my pocket. They do have decent florist sections.

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Member Avatar pokersponge (< 20) Submitted: 11/19/2007 10:30:48 PM : Underperform Start Price: $32.21 HTSI Score: -17.69

I originally looked at this stock because of all of the Harris Teeter stores that are popping up in my area (Northern VA). I don't like the company's financial position, however, and the grocery store business does not have a very good margin because it is so competitive.

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Member Avatar khnckevin (33.23) Submitted: 4/27/2007 10:27:33 AM : Outperform Start Price: $27.81 HTSI Score: +45.43

Great company, not afraid to close stores not doing well. Why still in textile business?

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Member Avatar irishbluetwo (< 20) Submitted: 1/23/2007 11:56:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.86 HTSI Score: +60.22

Company has found its niche and target customers and market areas where it preforms well.

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Member Avatar JoramGFH (95.00) Submitted: 9/16/2006 3:34:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.00 HTSI Score: +65.71

Another case of buying the companies I shop with. Ruddick's Harris-Teeter arm is an upscale supermarket that's absolutely booming in the Southeast. Clean, attractive, well-lit stores that are a genuine pleasure to shop in, products that run the gamut from house-brand cans to super-premium meats and cheeses, and prices that keep them competitive. Room to grow here, and the smarts to pull it off.

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Member Avatar LeanieBean (58.97) Submitted: 8/23/2006 6:01:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.84 HTSI Score: +72.76

I like Ruddick for a little diversification in a CAPS nation...Seeing lots of growth / store expansion for Harris Teeter in metropolitan markets and actual communities vying for more! In recent times I've found Whole Foods to be a bit expensive (stock, groceries...) even though I do still love that co., just find Ruddick to be a decent play for in this space vs. the S&P.

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