Still waiting: Harter House deal remains work in progress

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Berryville residents who have been waiting for months to find out if Harter House is coming to town might have to wait a little longer.

Brad Bettlach, who owns Harter House stores in Strafford and Shell Knob, Mo., with his wife, Angela, has been in negotiations to open a store in the space formerly occupied by the Price Cutter Grocery Store in the Williams Shopping Center.

Jeff Crockett, the former Harrison mayor who owns the shopping center, said Monday that he received an email from Bettlach last week and responded to it, but hasn’t heard from Bettlach since then.

“I thought we were getting pretty close, but I don’t know,” Crockett said.

Crockett said Brad and Angela Bettlach and Angela’s father visited the site recently.

Brad Bettlach could not be reached for comment Monday.

Price Cutter, which had been owned and operated by Harps Foods, closed in March and the space formerly occupied by the store has been vacant since then.

Brad Bettlach is a grandson of Harter House founders Jerry and Barbara Bettlach.

Harter House has seven locations in southwest Missouri and is already popular among Carroll County residents who visit the Shell Knob and Kimberling City locations.

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