I've been shopping at HT for more than a decade, and just recently started working for them. As far as a sale goes, my answer is a very firm 'NO'. If they do sell, however, I think I'd just stop shopping there and quit, because I don't want it to be sold and the HQ taken out of the local market. Charlotte needs all of the businesses it can get, after the banking collapse. Publix would be a horrid option, because their advance on the Charlotte market was obnoxious to the point where they sent people in to poach employees from HT and Lowes Foods before the latter left Charlotte. I have no interest in patronizing a company with shady practices like that. I have no opinion on Kroger or any other supermarket because frankly, in the rare occasions that I shopped there, there was precisely nothing remarkable about them. The only thing I remember about Ingles, for instance, was that it reminded me of Walmart, and that's a bad thing for someone who hates that place. It would be a sad thing to happen, but if it must, they can count me out.
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