Two family restaurants, a hotel and a AAA center are coming to Matthews.
Monday evening, Matthews commissioners approved a 13,000-square-foot Golden Corral restaurant to be built on the 4.3-acre site of the old 84 Lumber store on Independence Boulevard between Matthews-Mint Hill Road and N.C. 51.
Developers were required to obtain an easement across the land behind the site so that when Northeast Parkway is eventually extended behind the restaurant, customers will have access to it.
Demolition on the old building is expected to begin within the next 90 days. Construction will start soon after and take about five months to complete.
The site is also approved for up to 8,000 square feet of retail space.
Sharon Thurner, representing Golden Corral, says it is currently in negotiations with a tire store that may locate on the site.
“The Golden Corral has wanted to come to Matthews for a long time,” she said.
Just down Independence Boulevard, between Boston Market and Audi of Charlotte, a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is already under construction.
Cracker Barrel spokesperson Julie Davis says construction of that 10,000-square- foot restaurant should take about 20 weeks. It's expected to open early next year.
Though it's not directly off an interstate exit, Davis says that location was chosen based on traffic counts, existing restaurants and retail already in the area, as well as the vitality of the community.
A new AAA Super Center is being constructed next to the Cracker Barrel, with an October opening planned. That center will contain 10 bays for minor repair and maintenance, a travel agency, insurance agency, member services office for AAA members and a luggage store.
In the next few weeks, construction will begin on a 90-room, three-story Holiday Inn Express that will be built next to the AAA Super Center. Construction will take about 10 months.