I just visited the newly opened Harris Teeter in the Fox Chase shopping center on Duke St., Alexandria.
Well, it's big, like wear comfortable shoes and take your time checking it all out big. It made for a "jeez, where do I start" moment, but I gained forward momentum quickly and checked out;
The Produce- what can separate this store from other grocery stores is a much larger selection of asian produce. And it was fresh. I picked up baby bok choy, golden beets, fresh herbs (which are not consistently found at Whole Foods, btw) along with other staples.
The Prepared Foods- Boy, they're hoping you come in hungry, believe me. I was glad to have eaten breakfast or else I probably would have gone for the anitpasto bar, pasta bar, asian bar, salad bar, pizza bar and the fresh bread kiosk. I did however gladly accept free samples of some bread and cheese. The just baked cranberry walnut bread was very good, as was the onion ciabatta.
There are 2-3 large deli cases with more pre made-take it home and heat/serve you can shake a stick at.
The Meat Section: I didn't see any dry aging going on, but I did however buy two thick and nicely marbled Porterhouse steaks at $5.99/lb. Half price. There were many b1g1f deals and the organic chicken seemed to be cheaper than WF.
The seafood section looked fresh and I can say that a good deal appeared to be the tuna medallions at I believe $5.99/lb. The rockfish filets were on special too.
Wine and Beer - Seemed extensive. I'm no expert to comment, but I'd venture to say you could find something to fit your base needs there.
Prices - The sale items were a really good deal. Especially the meats. But this is not a store geared to save you money in the way that say Food-Lion is. But, then again - ick. Food-Lion (well, generally in my experience).
It's spacious, clean, friendly and built to plea$e your eyes and flirt with your belly! Then again, aren't they all?
eta: the weekly specials
for this store, with your VIC card.