Harmons

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Harmons
Private
IndustryRetail
Founded1932 (Salt Lake County, Utah)
HeadquartersWest Valley City, Utah
United States
Number of locations
19
ProductsGrocery
Websiteharmonsgrocery.com

Harmons is an upscale supermarket chain located within the state of Utah, United States, with 19 stores throughout the Wasatch Front and in the St. George area.

Description[edit]

Harmons store in Orem, April 2016

In addition to selling groceries and some non-food items, Harmons also have pharmacies, post offices, full-time chefs, and some also have coffee bars, on-site dietitians, and cooking schools. The grocery store chain emphasizes sourcing from local companies and farms, and focuses on making many of their store brand products with higher-quality ingredients. In addition, many of their deli, bakery, and meat department products are made from scratch.[1]

History[edit]

In 1932, George Reese (Jake) Harmon and his wife Irene started a small grocery store called "The Market Spot" which initially sold fruit and vegetables. The couple lived in a small living quarters behind the store which was located at 3300 South and Main Street in Salt Lake County (modern day South Salt Lake). Soon, the store was selling many other grocery items. In 1942, after a vehicle collided with the store and caused serious structural damage, the Harmons went on to open a cafe. By 1945, the cafe was sold and a new grocery store, initially called "The Green Store", was opened at 4000 West and 3500 South. This site eventually became the first "Harmons Market" and is still a Harmons site today, although with a new structure (the original Harmons Market burned in 1971). A new replacement store became the first "Harmons Supermarket". By 1976, there were two Harmons, and by 1998, there were eight.[2]

Harmons store at the City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, January 2013

Since then, Harmons has more than doubled the number of locations. Despite the closing of a store in Ogden in 2015 (which they sold to Ridley's Family Markets),[3] Harmons has expanded somewhat aggressively throughout Utah. In 2011, they took over a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) (compared to the average size for Harmons of 68,000 square feet [6,300 m2]), locally owned market known as Emigration Market, opening up their first "urban" location in the Yalecrest neighborhood in Salt Lake City,[4] while also expanding into Farmington at the Station Park development.[5] They expanded their urban presence with the opening of a new location on the east end of the City Creek Center development in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City in March 2012.[6] They continued with another expansion phase in 2016, opening two locations in Santa Clara in southern Utah,[7] and Lehi on the Wasatch Front.[8] They opened their 18th store in Holladay - their 3rd "urban" location, in mid February 2018,[9] while a 19th location opened in Riverton in mid-2018 as part of a major new mixed-use development.[10]

In 2009, Harmons won the Utah Green Business Award from Utah Business Magazine.[11]

Locations[edit]

Locations of Harmons stores, all of which are in Utah (as of October 2018):[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Store Brand: Harmons launches its own line of products—just don't call them generics". Utahbusiness.com. 21 Nov 2016.
  2. ^ "Harmon's to open new 'neighborhood' stores in City Creek and Emigration Market". KSL. 11 Sep 2011.
  3. ^ "Harmons leaving Ogden location". Standard-Examiner. 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Photos: Harmons opens Emigration Market location". Deseret News. 11 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Station Park development in Farmington expanding while other projects stall". KSL. 14 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Harmons ready to get its urban groove on with downtown store". The Salt Lake Tribune. 9 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Santa Clara Harmons finally opens". The Spectrum. 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ "New Harmons grocery store nears completion". Lehi Free Press. 4 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Harmons Grocery coming to Holladay Village". Cottonwood-Holladay Journal. 19 January 2017.
  10. ^ "New mega mixed-use center coming to Riverton". Deseret News. 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Harmons moving along on three new stores". The Salt Lake Tribune. 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Store Locations". harmonsgrocery.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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