First Choice Medical now open in Matthews
First Choice Medical welcomed its first customers in Matthews this week after the five-year-old business moved from Indian Trail.
Company owner David Warren owns the building and said Matthews is where they’ve wanted to be for a long time. His family owns the building at 251 N. Trade St., which most recently was home to the patio furniture store The Gazebo, which closed in December after 26 years.
“We love this location. It’s so easy to tell people how to find us and we’re so close to all of the Matthews health-care offices and the hospital,” Warren said.
The shop offers sales, service and rentals of medical equipment and supplies including walkers, wheelchairs, bathroom safety aides, braces, diabetic shoes and lift chairs.
“It’s all about comfort and mobility,” Warren said. “We help folks that want to keep their elderly family members at home.”
The First Choice Medical showroom is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.
For more information, call 704-289-3334 or visit www.firstchoicemedical.com.
Wendy’s rebuild coming in May
Work on a new Matthews Wendy’s location should begin by late May.
Quint Graham, president of the Carolina Restaurant Group, which owns the property and 51 other Wendy’s locations, said this week the company has submitted plans to Mecklenburg County and hired Atlanta-based Venture Construction for the rebuild. Venture built most local Wendy’s locations, including Mint Hill’s location, Graham said. A September electrical fire damaged the restaurant at 11145 E. Independence Blvd. and the building was torn down in February.
The restaurant group owns all Wendy’s restaurants in Mecklenburg County. Construction could take at least three months, Graham said previously.
The day of the fire, a Matthews Police officer spotted flames coming from the roof of the building about 9 p.m. Sept. 3. The officer reported the fire and got all the employees out of the building. There were no customers inside and no one was injured.
The fire started near an exhaust fan on the roof, said David Conrad, assistant fire marshal with the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Matthews location, which opened in 1984, employed about 30 people. The company has moved all employees to work at other area Wendy’s locations until the Matthews store is rebuilt.
Asthma and Allergy Specialists opens in Matthews
Asthma and allergy sufferers have a new treatment option in Matthews with the recent opening of Asthma and Allergy Specialists at 855 Sam Newell Road, suite 206.
The business also has locations in Monroe and Charlotte’s University and Arboretum areas and staffs five physicians.
The Matthews office is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 704-321-2793 or visit www.asthmanc.com.
Need a job?
Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House is hiring up to 35 people in part and full-time positions for its new restaurant opening next month in the Mint Hill Pavilion shopping center off Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Owners Jimmy and Missy Toler are looking for wait staff, bartenders, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person Monday to Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The eatery will offer customers, including kids, the chance to create their own sandwiches, salads and more. Entrees will be priced $10 and under with the same menu available at lunch and dinner.
Customers give $550K to American Cancer Society
Harris Teeter customers raised more than $550,000 for the American Cancer Society during last month’s donation card campaign.
According to a news release from the Matthews-based company, the donations will
• Cover expenses for 138 patients to stay for free at an ACS Hope Lodge facility during the course of cancer treatment
• Provide 1,150 Petri dishes for researchers
• Provide 1,375 visits to women from the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program, which introduces breast cancer patients to survivors to answer questions and provide emotional support.
• Provide 45,741 hours of toll-free access to the Society’s National Cancer Information Center. The center receives 1.2 million calls every year to its 24-hour toll-free line, 1-800-ACS-2345, where specialists answer questions about cancer treatment options and local cancer resources.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.
Free BBQ for Mint Hill Chamber members
Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce members can enjoy free barbecue sandwiches May 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the N.C. Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Park on Fairview, 8850 Fairview Road.
The lunch will accompany the unveiling of a memorial bench for the late Jack Bryan, a former chamber president and Mint Hill Madness Committee chair.
Advanced reservations are required by calling 704-573-8282 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards to honor small businesses
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are now accepting nominations for the inaugural 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards developed to recognize and honor small businesses that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and sound business strategies.
Businesses interested in being considered should submit an awards nomination form by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 23. The award winners will be announced at the Crowns of Enterprise Awards Networking Reception on Thursday, May 24.
For more information or to download a nomination form, visit http://charmeck.org/Pages/CrownsofEnterpriseAwards.aspx
Harris Teeter announces school donations
Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program gave more than $424,396 to participating schools, during the second of three payouts of the 2011-12 school year, according to a news release from the Matthews-based company.
Schools registered for a TIE code earn money when community members who link their Very Important Customer, or VIC, cards to a TIE code purchase Harris Teeter brands or fill a prescription at a Harris Teeter pharmacy.
Among the top-earning payouts for this session are the Providence High School’s Rugby Club with $2,651.80 and the Butler High School JROTC program with $1,797.64.
For more information and a complete list of recent payouts, visit www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/tie_earnings.aspx.