Western New York’s favorite hot dog heads south

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Attention all hot dog lovers! Sahlen’s has officially expanded its product line to the south- more specifically, the Charlotte area of North Carolina.

Over the past decade, thousands of Buffalonians have relocated to Charlotte and its surrounding areas. Now, these expats are to enjoy a 146-year-old Western New York tradition with their new friends, families and neighbors: Sahlen’s legendary Hot Dogs are now sold at select locations of the venerable Harris Teeter grocery chain in Greater Charlotte.

Sahlen’s Hot Dogs will now be available at roughly 60 Harris Teeter locations in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County:

Five years ago, Sahlen’s began looking into the Charlotte, North Carolina market due to the high percentage of Buffalonians relocating to the region. According to The Buffalo News, “Mecklenburg County in North Carolina (Charlotte’s home county) is the No.1 choice for Erie County residents moving out of state…with more than 2,000 people relocating there (between 2004 and 2010).”

“We sent our first order to Harris Teeter (locations in Charlotte) in the beginning of May,” said Mark Battistoni, Sahlen’s VP of Marketing and Sales. “This is a test to hopefully gain the entire chain of Harris Teeter locations.”

Although hot dog consumption is much higher in New York than in Charlotte, Sahlen’s saw the opportunity to reach the loyal fans who didn’t have access to the product.

This successful introduction convinced Sahlen’s to branch out farther, striking a deal with the massive Harris Teeter grocery chain. Founded in 1960, Harris Teeter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. and is based in Matthews, North Carolina.

Harris Teeter operates over 230 stores and one fuel center in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Make sure to be on the lookout for Sahlen’s Smokehouse hot dogs available at various Harris Teeter locations in Charlotte, NC.

Albemarle: First Street Stations

Asheville: Village at Chestnut Street

Boone: Shops at Shadowline

Charlotte: Colony Place, Ballantyne Commons, The Shops at Blakeney, Arboretum, Park Selwyn Terrace, Rea Village, Providence Commons, Kenilworth Commons, Stonecrest ,Steele Croft, The Shops at Highland Creek, Morrocroft Village, Mountain Island Marketplace, Mallard Creek, Sardis Crossing, Mintworth Commons, Quail Corners, West Sixth, Cotswold Mall, Park Road, Cochran Commons, Town Center Plaza, Old Towne Mall, The Shoppes at Ardrey Kell, Central Ave, Myers Park, Johnston Rd, Davis Lake

Concord: Coddle Creek Market, Cannon Crossroads, Shops at Davidson Corners

Cornelius: Jetton Village

Davidson: Davidson Commons, Renaissance Square

Denver: Waterside

Fort Mill: West Town Market, Springfield, Tega Cay

Harrisburg: Brookdale

Hendersonville: Southside Square Plaza

Huntersville: Rosedale, Regency Village, Northcross

Indian Land: Carolina Commons

Indian Trail: Shops at Sun Valley

Matthews: Stevens Mill Crossings, Plantation Market, Matthews Festival, Village Commons, Austin Village, Weddington Corners, Idlewild

Mint Hill: Mint Hill

Monroe: Union Sque

Mooresville: Shops at Morrison Plantation, The Village at Byers Creek

Rock Hill: Northwood Square

W Salisbury: Alexander Pointe

Waxhaw: Cureton

Be sure to pick up a Sahlen’s hot dog near you!

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