The Town of Matthews will honor Family Dollar Stores, Inc. from 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, November 16, at the company’s headquarters in Matthews (10401 Monroe Road).

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers will present Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, with a key to the Town during this event. This is the first time the Key to the Town has been presented to a company and only the third occasion anyone has received the Key.

Family Dollar is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Beginning with one store in Charlotte in 1959 the Company currently operates more than 6,600 stores in 44 states. A Fortune 500 Company, Family Dollar plans to open 200 stores in 2010 and was recently recognized at the New York Stock Exchange for their business success.

The Company has 45,000 team members – 1,800 who work at the headquarters and distribution center located in Matthews and 200 of whom reside in Matthews. Family Dollar opened their executive headquarters in Matthews in June of 1974 and the facility was recently renovated and expanded.