Opening soon: Green Forest’s new Harps Food Stores location to open Wednesday, April 12

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The parking lot of the soon-to-open Harps store in Green Forest is a beehive of activity as construction workers add last-minute finishing touches on the building and store employees begin to stock the shelves. The grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

Carroll County residents will have a new place to stop for groceries beginning next Wednesday.

The new 22,000-square foot Harps Food Store at 703 W Main in Green Forest is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12. A press release from Harps Food Stores Inc. says that the new store will offer residents of Green Forest and the surrounding community a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, Harps’ “No Solution Added” natural fresh beef, pork and poultry and delicious deli and signature bakery products. The Green Forest Harps will also feature well-stocked grocery, health and beauty care, dairy and frozen departments, it says.

The release says Green Forest Harps will employ 55 associates and will also feature a convenient Harps Express, with gas pumps that will offer competitive prices on fuel.

Mayor Charles Reece said the Harps relocation project has been in the works for 14 to 15 months.

“They approached us about a year ago to talk about the property,” Reece said. “We’re going to do what we can to help anyone that wants to put in a business in our city.”

To accommodate the new store and its influx of traffic, he said the city had to figure out how to re-route Western Street.

“Western Street comes in at an odd angle, so the city is paying to re-route it and make it a right angle,” Reece said. “We did that to make things smoother for the new Harps.”

He said the relocation of the Green Forest Harps has been a smooth deal between the city and Harps Food Stores Inc.

“We’ve been working closely together on the project, and the building inspectors from both Green Forest and Berryville have looked at the new store,” Reece said.

He said the new Harps will have a dramatic impact not only on Green Forest but on Carroll County and the surrounding area as well.

“I’ve been getting interest from Oak Grove, Berryville and Harrison, so I imagine the store will be getting a lot of interest when it opens,” Reece said. “It’s a nice market, and I believe they’re already anticipating increasing its volume by 50 percent.”

He continued, “We’re excited about the new Harps Food Store opening. Hopefully, more businesses will see what’s going on here in Green Forest and reach out to the city.”

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