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Harps Food Stores Continues Expansion

West Fork Location Is 72nd; Bentonville To Open In March

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Kira Hungate of West Fork, left, pays for groceries Wednesday while shopping with her son, Colton, 6, and daughter, Kaite, 4, as Harps employee Paige Blakemore, right, operates the cash register at the newly opened store in West Fork.

Harps Food Stores continued to expand its footprint when it opened its 72nd store Wednesday in West Fork.

By The Numbers

Harps Food Stores

• 53 Arkansas stores

• 18 Northwest Arkansas Stores

• 10 Oklahoma stores

• 9 Missouri stores

• 3,600 employees

Source: harpsfood.com

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Well, West Fork has *had* a grocery store, Superfoods, which also sells gas, and has a car wash. I've been grateful for this little store over the years. No doubt, it will suffer as a result of Harp's opening. But I really like Harp's, and can't get everything I want or need at Superfoods, so I'm glad it's opened. With 90 FT and PT employees, it's a boom for the community, too. Welcome, Harp's!

Posted by: SPA

February 21, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I like Harps because its a local store, but many of their older stores in Springdale and Fayyetteville are pretty run down and the produce is horrible. They need to re-invest in these stores before they spread themsleves too thin. And find a better produce supplier.

Posted by: TheHunter

February 21, 2013 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thats crazy.. harp's produce is still a 100 times better than what you will find at any walmart! Might as well say the same about their meat too..

Posted by: Deezee40

February 21, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Biggest EMPLOYEE-OWNED company in Arkansas.
And they're very successful.
Does that mean that not all jobs come from the great generosity and ingenuity of the 1%?

Posted by: Coralie

February 21, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Just think, if Harps, is successful in West Fork, you will get a Walmart also. Walmart is attracted to Harps locations like fleas are to cats. Harps may be "employee owned", but it is corporate managed.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 21, 2013 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

>>Harps may be "employee owned", but it is corporate managed.

Duh.

Posted by: cdawg

February 21, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )