We salute the following businesses for their successes and their dedication to the Town of Matthews:
Operating small store locations, Matthews-based Family Dollar is one of the fastest growing discount retail chains in the United States. It offers a core assortment of name-brand and quality consumable merchandise supplemented by fashion and seasonal merchandise at everyday low prices.
In 1959, a young Leon Levine opened the first Family Dollar store in Charlotte. Growing up with his own family's retail store, Leon believed he could offer his customers value and quality for under $2.
With the first store opened in Charlotte, Family Dollar soon expanded into South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The retail chain currently operates more than 6,600 stores in 44 states.
The company went public in 1970 and opened its headquarters in Matthews in 1974.
In the 1990's, Family Dollar made the move to everyday low pricing and began to build the infrastructure to support a national chain of neighborhood discount stores. In 2004, Family Dollar's annual sales exceeded $5 billion.
Family Dollar celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.
In 2007, Family Dollar created its own charity, Family Hope, to assist employees that have been affected by natural disasters.
Harris Teeter, Inc.
Not only is locally-owned Harris Teeter known for its juicy produce, tasty deserts, fresh ready-made sandwiches and quality dairy products but also for its outstanding customer service. Harris Teeter's dedication to excellence in its products and service is a result of its humble beginnings.
In 1936, W. T. Harris opened his first grocery store in Charlotte. Willis L. and Paul Teeter opened their first food mart in Mooresville in 1939. Harris Teeter was officially born in 1960 when Harris Super Markets and Teeter's Food Marts merged to form Harris Teeter Super Markets, Inc. There were already 15 stores in operation at the time and the first store to open under the new name was in Kannapolis.
The grocery chain celebrated its 50th anniversary in February 2010 and plans to open its 200th store before the end of the fiscal year ending in September 2010.
Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 35th largest supermarket in the United States with 2009 sales of $4.08 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 21,000 associates and has 195 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
Fred Morganthall, President of Harris Teeter, was promoted from Executive Vice President in October 1997. He started with Harris Teeter in August 1986 and held various positions prior to his current assignment.
In 2009, Harris Teeter donated over $5.5 million and 3.5 million pounds of food to nonprofit organizations and looks forward to helping more organizations in the future.