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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

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Community Family Dollar

Community Family Dollar (continued from page 1) on last fiscal year’s first-quarter revenue of $1.77 billion, that would mean revenue of $1.85 billion to $1.89 billion for this fiscal year’s first quarter. “To thrive for 50 years is something special when you think about who we compete against as a little company here in (Matthews),” Howard said. “We compete against the largest retail company in the world and (have) carved out just a little niche to be successful. “We can make a pretty nice living off OVER 180 CHANNELS INCLUDING 45 MUSIC CHANNELS! • Unlike satellite, get the most popular cable and sports programming in HD FREE • No equipment to buy and a 30-day money back guarantee • On-Screen Interactive Program Guide • On Demand – Instant access to shows, movies and more DIGITAL CABLE $ 29 95 ONLY GET THE BEST IN TV ENTERTAINMENT – DIGITAL CABLE FROM TIME WARNER CABLE. of the crumbs that Wal-Mart does leave for us today. I think if we keep doing that we’ll be successful for another 50 years.” Starting with a 1,100-square-foot storefront off Central Avenue in Charlotte and a promise of “nothing over $3,” the company, which in 1959 mostly sold clothing and “soft goods” like towels, now has more than 6,600 stores in 44 states. The 45,000-employee chain also has made changes to attract more customers, including accepting credit cards and food stamps at most stores. Today, most merchandise is under $10. Family Dollar plans to open 200 stores in 2010. “I’m not one to celebrate too much because I often feel like those who are celebrating, the competitors are coming up right behind you and taking over. But I do think, particularly on the 50th, that it’s important to stop and take note of the successes that we’ve had as a company,” Howard said. “In part, when I think of the company it’s all about the people.” In fact, Howard, who took the reins in 2003 when his father retired, said he still considers the company a family PER MONTH FOR 12 MONTHS …and more! CALL 1-877-387-9249 | VISIT YourTWC.com/offer/cwk Offer applies to new Cable TV customers in serviceable areas only. Promotional rate based on Basic Cable with HD Digital Box and Remote Control on primary outlet. Regular rates will apply after 12-month promotional period. HDTV equipment and an HD-capable TV required for Time Warner Cable HD programming. Additional charge for some HD channels, ancillary services and Movies on Demand. Some services not available to CableCARD customers. Service may not be available in all areas. Pricing does not include franchise fees or taxes. Standard installation and custom wiring charges may apply. 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Leon Levine “We’re a public company and traded on the New York Stock Exchange, but it’s still a family business when I think about it,” Howard said. “Today, to be in a position to take over that legacy is something that’s very special to me and something I often think about, and frankly, motivates me to continue that success and the record that we’ve had here in the company.” When the company opened its 170,000-square-foot Matthews headquarters in 1974, Monroe Road was only two lanes, Howard said. The headquarters has grown since then, too, to about 1.1 million square feet, he said. Leon said he never pushed his son to take over the family business, but there was little discussion on the matter. “When Howard decided to go to college, I said, ‘Howard, you know you have a lot of things you can go into. You don’t have to go into retail,’” Leon said. “He said, ‘Well, this is the only thing I’ve ever thought about doing in my life,’ and that was the end of that story.” q They remember … Family Dollar “family members” share their memories: Mike Winchester, 53, divisional vice president of store development Joined Family Dollar: In 1979 as a store manager in Carrboro, N.C. “The thing you always remember most is the customers. You had regulars – you got to know them by their first names.” George Mahoney, retired general counsel and current board member Joined Family Dollar: In 1976 as an attorney but also worked in finance and human resources “When I started, there were about 250 stores and (headquarters) was way out in the country. … Then you knew everyone’s name. Today you try to know (all the employees) but it’s just so big. The growth has just been explosive over the years.” Mark Bernstein, attorney and board member Joined Family Dollar: In the early 1970s, first as an outside attorney “(In the 1970s) you could have put all the company executives in a room half this size. Now it takes almost a ballroom to hold them all. ... I can remember when we hit 1,000 stores (in 1985) and that was a big deal.” Page 8 • Nov. 20-26, 2009 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

Community Elevation finds permanent home in Matthews Church is among nation’s fastest-growing by Laura Johannesen news@matthewsminthillweekly.com Settling into its first permanent home, Elevation Church, 11416 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, is on the fast track. The Christian church has once again landed among the top 10 in The Christian Post’s rankings for the fastest-growing churches nationwide. The church is led by 29-year-old Steven Furtick. Photos courtesy of Elevation Church and Cogun, Inc. It’s been called bold, loud, even audacious. Amid a blaze of flashing strobe lights, people sing and shout, moving to the beat of a song being played by a band onstage. But it’s not a rock concert – it’s Elevation Church. “The consistent message of the Gospel has never changed,” Connections Pastor Larry Brey said. “We just deliver that message in a culturally relevant way.” It seems to be working. The Christian church, which opened its first permanent location in Matthews six weeks ago, has been named the country’s fourth-fastest growing church by The Christian Post, which publishes an annual ranking. It’s been in the top 10 since Elevation’s 2006 creation. The new location, 11416 E. Independence Blvd., is in the former K-mart building, a 43,235-square-foot store and warehouse that underwent a fourmonth renovation. It’s there that Lead Pastor Steven Furtick, 29, preaches on Saturday evenings to a congregation of about 3,000. His fiery, no-nonsense sermons are videotaped and shown on large screens to those who attend Sunday services at Providence High School, 1800 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, and McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. uptown. And if you’re expecting a three-piece suit, tie and traditional sermon, forget it. Furtick strides onstage in jeans and a casual shirt. He often gets his message across using buzzwords to connect with people. According to the church’s Web site, more than 5,000 people regularly attend services. Michele Melendez 35, her husband and three children, Alyssa, 14, Isabella, 5, and Matthew, 3, are among them. The Matthews resident’s eyes light up when she talks about the church, which they’ve attended for two years. “My children are getting to know Jesus in a very different way,” she said. “Our pastor preaches up front and expresses his message in a simple way that we all understand. The kids love going to church now.” Leslie and Fred Clark of Matthews agree. “We have two teenagers. Pastor Stephen makes it relevant to the kids,” Leslie said. “The music is really cool, too!” her 12-year-old son, Paul, added. Stepping out in faith Furtick said that four years ago, he felt a calling and envisioned a church for those who’d strayed far from God. (more on page 13) SOUTH CHARLOTTE DERMATOLOGY Why Wait Months? It’s time for your Skin Cancer check! All Skin Issues, New Practice From Acne to Moles to Warts Weekday, Evening, Emergency and Saturday Appointments Available AETNA | BCBS | Cigna | GHI | Humana | Medcost | Medicare | Tricare United Healthcare | Wellpath and Others Reasonable fees for non-insured patients 704-542-3003 | 10370 PARK RD. | CHARLOTTE Just Off I-485, Near CMC-Pineville & The Black Lion www.matthewsminthillweekly.com DAVID B. SCHULMAN M.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist General Dermatology - Adult and Pediatric Graduate of N.Y.U. School of Medicine Former Clinical Instructor Harvard Medical School AAA Sewing Shoppe Inc. 1021 Stallings Rd., Matthews, NC 28104 ~ Authorized JANOME Dealer ~ ~ Service & Repair of all brands ~ ~ Sewing Machines starting at $89 ~ Come in & see our Holiday Specials! 704-684-0001 (call for hours) Would like to invite you to Winterfest, our open house, on Saturday November 21st, 2009 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come and have some refreshments while enjoying our artists’ demonstrations including, drawing, pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics, pottery, lapidary, wood carving and more. Also view our “Small Treasures” exhibition which will be on display throughout the month of November. There will be a wide variety of affordable art works to choose from for those special people on your gift list. Mint Hill Arts also offers art classes which make wonderful gifts too, so come and shop with us! We all benefit from having art in our lives! Location: Grace Building 7714 Matthews -Mint Hill Rd. • Mint Hill Phone: 980-226-5532 Website: www.minthillarts.org Repair Special Nov. & Dec. $10.00 OFF reg. price of($79.95) with ad Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly • Nov. 20-26, 2009 • Page 9

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