Lowes Foods stores to close June 11
The Mint Hill Lowes Foods store, 7036 Brighton Park Drive, could close as early as Monday, June 11 for a two-month renovation to transform the space into a Harris Teeter grocery store.
Harris Teeter and Lowes announced a purchase and sale agreement last week where Harris Teeter will acquire 10 Lowes Foods store locations in the central Carolinas and Lowes will gain six Harris Teeter store locations in western North Carolina.
The Mint Hill store is expected to re-open as a Harris Teeter around Aug. 15, Harris Teeter spokeswoman Danna Jones said. The store employs 89 people and all employees from both companies will have the choice to transfer to another location or apply for available positions with the new company, she said.
In addition to Mint Hill, Harris Teeter will aquire Lowes locations in Stallings – at 15080 Idlewild Road near Matthews and Mint Hill – Wesley Chapel, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Fort Mill and three in Charlotte.
The Harris Teeter stores that Lowes Foods will acquire include two in Gastonia and one each in Asheville, Hickory, Morganton and Shelby. In addition to the six Harris Teeter stores, Harris Teeter has agreed to pay Lowes Foods $26.5 million and the transaction should be complete by July 1, according to a news release.
“This transaction aligns with our strategic plans to replace rural store locations with more urban locations with higher density of our target demographic groups,” Thomas Dickson, Harris Teeter CEO and chairman of the board said in the release. “It provides us with the opportunity to explore, in selected locations, an innovative format that we think our customers will find exciting.”
Grapes Wine Bar coming soon
By as early as Wednesday, June 13, Matthews could be home to a new spot to relax and socialize: Grapes Wine Bar, 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy., in the Sycamore Commons shopping center.
Owned by Matthews residents Fabien and Alana Duquesne, the 2,700-square-foot shop with a patio will offer 40 wines by the glass averaging from $6 to $8 and 150 bottles of wine from “all over the world,” Fabien said. Grapes will be the first wine-seller in North Carolina to offer Childress wines in pressurized kegs, he said. Appetizers range from $6 to $14; flatbread sandwiches are $7 and $8; salads are $6 and $7 and cheese plates range from $8 to $22.
A native of France, Fabien has a master’s degree in hotel and restaurant management and has worked in management locally at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and Uptown’s Westin Hotel.
His vision for the business is simple.
“I’ve had a passion for wine for so many years. I want to be able to socialize with the guests and educate people about wine,” he said, adding he plans to host frequent wine tastings and wine education classes. “For me it’s really about the education.”
For more information, call 980-226-8495.
Win movie tickets!
Cinemark Movies 10, 9508 Northeast Court, in Matthews, will host “Merge Ticket to Hollywood” from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
The free event will offer participants free movie gift cards, popcorn and candy and a chance to win a grand prize including round-trip airfare for two to Los Angeles, Calif., a five-night stay at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, two passes for a back-lot tour of a movie studio, $1,000, a 60-inch flat-screen TV, one year’s worth of movie tickets for two and a one-year subscription to HuluPlus.
The event, sponsored by Windstream, is part of a national 29-city tour, which includes stops at the AMC Concord Mills 24 in Concord Sunday, June 10 and the AMSTAR Cinemas 14 in Mooresville June 15.
The grand prize winner will be chosen Sept. 6. Residents also can enter online on the Windstream Connects Facebook page.
HoneyCuts plans grand opening
A Matthews salon focused on men and kids will host a grand opening celebration June 16.
HoneyCuts, in the McKee Farms shopping center at 3335 Siskey Pkwy., suite 100, will celebrate the opening of its new location from 10 a.m. to noon. Festivities include free haircuts for kids younger than 12, free Domino’s pizza and a chance to meet MAC Attack Chris McLean of THE FAN 610am sports radio. Participants also can register to win prizes, including tickets to see Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw in concert, and four passes for a round of golf at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Mint Hill.
The businesses opened March 1 and is the company’s third location, with other shops in Ballantyne and Huntersville.
Prices range from $10.95 to $18.95 and coupons are available on the shop’s website, www.honeycuts4men.com.
For more information, call 704-847-0061.
Job fair June 16
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, in Charlotte, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16.
The free event is open to the public and will include representatives from local companies in a variety of industries. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes. The event also is being sponsored by the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the Friendship Community Development Corporation and the N.C. Division of Employment Security.
For more information, visit www.friendshipcdc.org.
Pineville’s Belk under construction
Belk at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville is three months in to an overhaul of its store.
The $5.5 million project will include new display fixtures, tile flooring, ceilings, energy-efficient lighting, and a facelift to existing restrooms and fitting rooms, according to a news release from the company. Construction is expected to be complete in September and a grand re-opening is planned for Oct. 10, the release said. The store opened in 1991 and is one of 70 locations in North Carolina.
The cosmetics department will be renovated with new display cases and fixtures featuring a new “open sell/assisted sell” concept for cosmetics designed to make shopping easier and more convenient, according to the release. The store’s renovated jewelry and accessories departments also will feature “open sell” fixtures, making it easier for customers to make their jewelry, watches and sunglasses selections. With the project will come the addition of new brands, including Coach, Vince Camuto, Anne Klein, Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.