Harris Teeter is a food market chain that also operates various grocery, frozen food and perishable distribution centers, as well as a milk and ice cream facility. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation, which manufactures and distributes thread and technical textiles in addition to supermarket operations. Established in 1936, Harris Teeter has more than 150 stores located throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Headquartered in Matthews, N.C., the company employs over 18,000 individuals. Its stores sell groceries, meat, seafood, wines and pet supplies. Additionally, the stores feature sushi bars, gourmet delis, pharmacies and cafes. The company is engaged in various community welfare programs and also offers online shopping options. It maintains a presence in Asheville, N.C.