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Biz Briefs: Chewy facility open and ready to hire

SALISBURY — Chewy is welcoming local residents to check out the new 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center, located at 255 Front Creek Road off Exit 81, and attend open interviews for warehouse career opportunities.

The business plans to eventually reach more than 1,200 total employees at its facility off of Long Ferry Road.

Interviews are being held Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the online pet supply retailer. Starting pay for positions is $13.50 an hour, with medical benefits, 401K, paid time off, multiple pay increases, overtime opportunities and no layoffs.

Culver’s makes large donation of plastic bags

Culver’s ButterBurgers and Frozen Custard of Salisbury recently was made aware that the Rowan-Salisbury Schools School Nutrition Services was in desperate need of donations of new plastic, standard shopping bags to pack the meals and distribute them to children during the school closures.

As a result, the restaurant donated 25,000 shopping bags, which also included a voucher for a free kids’ meal that students could enjoy at Culver’s of Salisbury. There is no purchase necessary for the families to redeem this free meal.

“We believe that serving our friends and neighbors goes beyond the restaurant and we are happy to provide meaningful support to our community, said Corey Antonicci, franchise owner of Culver’s along with partners George and Dimitri Dimitropoulos,  “Knowing the nutrition program uses roughly 25,000 bags per day, we want to do our part.”

The business said it hopes its efforts inspire other local businesses to join in to further support our community.

Leadership Rowan taking applications for next class

SALISBURY — The Rowan Chamber is now taking applications for the 2020-21 Leadership Rowan Class until June 30.

For 27 years, the Leadership Rowan program has worked to ensure the community’s leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked and passionate about the success of the area.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our Rowan County area residents to learn in-depth information about our county and to have a look ‘behind the curtain,’ if you will,”  said Bob Cartner of Chandler Concrete, and the Steering Committee chairman. “We are extremely proud of the history and success of Leadership Rowan with over 580 graduates of the program.”

Class members commit one day a month to exploring the community and discovering what makes it distinctive, including government, education, business, human needs and the arts.

Throughout the nine-month program, participants go on tours and have hands-on experiences with area leaders who take on our community’s biggest challenges. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspective, Leadership Rowan graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders.

Many of the most dynamic leaders from all fields apply each year for the nine-month experience, and 30 are selected to build a class representative of the community. The class will begin in August and conclude in May 2021.

Complete program and application details are available at www.rowanchamber.com. For additional information, contact the Rowan Chamber at 704.633.4221 or echurch@rowanchamber.com.

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat reopening offices for non-urgent patients

CHARLOTTE — Beginning Monday, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A., is reopening offices for non-urgent patients, allowing the physicians to provide medical care that has been delayed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The medical practice will maintain safety measures, including extra cleaning measures and assessing patients for COVID-19 symptoms. Patients will also be required to wear a mask when visiting the clinic.

Online virtual visits will remain available for most non-urgent conditions and select eye conditions.

“Nothing is more important to a physician than the health of their patients,” said CEO Jag Gill said in a news release. “We have closely monitored local and nationwide trends, and we believe we can offer our patients the important eye and ENT care they need in person while minimizing their risk to coronavirus exposure.”



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