Toyama Express opens in Matthews
Toyama Express Japanese Restaurant welcomed its first customers this week.
The new Matthews eatery opened Wednesday, April 11 in the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location at 200 E. Matthews St. As a grand opening special, the restaurant is offering a free soft drink or tea to customers who make a dine-in meal purchase. Entrees range from $4.69 to $11.99.
This is the second Toyama location for owner Timmy Ly, who opened a restaurant in Charlotte’s University City six years ago. The business will employ at least 10 people in full and part-time positions.
Ly said he hopes his restaurant will capture area workers in need of a quick lunch break. The business will offer drive-through service and boasts patio seating.
Toyama Express is open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 704-847-9995.
Larger Circle K off Matthews-Mint Hill Road?
The owner of a Shell gas station and Circle K convenience store at 3424 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Matthews wants to more than double the store’s space and add four gas pumps.
To do that, business owner Phoenix-based BNY Western Trust Company needs a change in zoning classification. A public hearing is planned for May 14 and Matthews commissioners are expected to vote June 11.
If approved, the current 1,300-square-foot convenience store and car wash at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill and Idlewild roads would be razed and a 3,100 square-foot store built in its place, according to an application submitted to the town. An additional four gas pumps also would be added, increasing the shop’s total to 12 pumps.
The site could be redeveloped within one year, according to the application.
New credit union location opens April 16
The new branch of the State Employees Credit Union in Mint Hill will be open April 16 – about eight months later than officials originally planned.
The credit union is moving from its rented Mint Hill space off Blair Road to a new building at 11529 Lawyers Road. A grand opening celebration is being planned for late spring, the credit union’s Courtney Howard said.
The credit union is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 704-573-3447.
Chamber hosts business seminar
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce and CMIT Solutions of South Charlotte will host a business seminar Wednesday, April 18 featuring step-by-step demonstrations with Microsoft Office.
The noon to 1 p.m. seminar will be held at the Wingate University campus in downtown Matthews, 110 Matthews Station St., suite 2D. Cost is free for chamber members and $5 for guests. Lunch is included.
Register online at www.matthewschamber.org.
Morningstar to manage more locations
Matthews-based Morningstar Properties has been selected to manage five self storage facilities, including four in the Charlotte market, expanding Morningstar’s presence to 10 stores in the Charlotte area, according to a press release from the company.
Conix, Inc., a Tucson, Ariz.-based private investment company, acquired these facilities, according to the release.
Two of the stores are in Gastonia, and one each in Charlotte, Hickory and Fort Mill, S.C. The facilities add nearly 300,000 square feet and more than 2,200 storage units to Morningstar’s portfolio, according to the release. The stores have been rebranded as Morningstar Mini-Storage.
Need a job?
Quaker Steak & Lube will hire 185 people in preparation for its May opening of a restaurant in Pineville at 10405 Centrum Pkwy.
For more information and a job application visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.