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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly

Matthews-Mint Hill CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Ads inside this issue . . . Randy Marion GMC ............................. 7 Parks Chevrolet .................................. 11 Liberty Pontiac GMC .......................... 28 Volume 2, Number 47 • Nov. 20-26, 2009 Matthews pizzeria at its prime page 17 Sandra Bullock tackles racism,football in ‘The Blind Side’ page 20 Inside ... News Briefs .........................6 Sports ...............................15 Culinary ............................17 Arts ...................................18 Movies ..............................20 Calendar/Crossword ..........22 Classifieds..........................23 OVER 180 CHANNELS INCLUDING 45 MUSIC CHANNELS! Carrothers’ career hits home stretch page 15 www.matthewsminthillweekly.com Family Dollar turns 50 Matthews company gets key to town The founder of discount retailer Family Dollar had one message for his now chief executive officer son during the company’s 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 16. “The next 50 years is yours, Howard,” 72-year-old Leon Levine said, smiling. “He’s young enough to do that, and I’m sure he’ll do a great job.” The Matthews-based company, which has enjoyed a significant earnings boost during the recession, this week received one of just three keys to the town ever given by Mayor Lee Myers. Miriam Hood, the widow of a former Matthews mayor, received a key in 2003, and Carotek owner Addison Bell got one in 1990. Sharing memories of his early days alongside his father, Howard Levine, 50, said the company is positioned for continued success. According to the Associated Press, Family Dollar’s net income rose 25 percent last year, and the company predicts sales growth between 5 percent and 7 percent. Based A Matthews native who owns a sports marketing and development firm says he can build the planned Matthews Sportsplex quicker and for less money if the county sells part of the 196-acre site to him for private development and signs a 10-year lease agreement to use the complex. Matthews and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation officials aren’t yet GET THE BEST IN by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com Sportsplex getting a kick start? Matthews native says he can build regional complex cheaper, faster by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com (more on page 8) (Clockwise from top left) The company’s current Matthews headquarters at 10401 Monroe Road; The first Family Dollar store opened in 1959 on Central Avenue in Charlotte; Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine receives the Key to the Town from Matthews Mayor Lee Myers Nov. 16 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It’s only the third time Myers has given a key and Family Dollar is the first company to receive one; Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar, in the company’s early days. Kara Lopp/MMHW photo, courtesy of Town of Matthews and Family Dollar convinced it’s a good deal. The estimated $32 million complex, planned for 1601 Tanktown Road, is stalled until the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners votes to sell $250 million in park bonds passed in November 2008. Matthews has agreed to contribute $2 million, and an additional $5 million will come from a 2004 parks bond. When finished, the complex will include 12 fields, a stadium complex, and amenities such as trails and picnic shelters. But James Shipley of National Amateur Sports said he can build a 14-field sportsplex for about $25 million. In the preliminary plan, his Charlotte-based company would pay DIGITAL CABLE $ 29 95 USA WEEKEND inside! about $20 million, with private investors and development partners’ help. The county and town would be responsible for the remaining $5 million. In return, Shipley said he’ll ask the municipalities to partner to pay $1 million annually for at least 10 years to lease the property for public use. Shipley, 41, also wants to buy 30 to 35 acres of the county-owned property for $1.25 million for a hotel, restaurants and “anything that would complement the (complex’s) recreational activities.” A Charlotte Country Day School graduate, Shipley presented his idea to the county’s economic development (more on page 12) TV ENTERTAINMENT ONLY PER MONTH FOR 12 MONTHS See our ad on page 7! 8!

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