Cincinnati – The locally based Kroger Co. recently reached an agreement to purchase 15 Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter supermarkets located primarily in Atlanta. Both companies expect to complete the transaction, which is subject to certain conditions, within 30 days.

Fourteen of the Harris Teeter stores that Kroger has agreed to purchase are located in Atlanta. Kroger also plans to purchase one Harris Teeter store in Athens, Ga.

The stores will become part of Kroger's Atlanta Division, which currently operates 107 stores in metropolitan Atlanta and three stores in Athens.