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Firefighters will train tonight at old Rite Aid


Sept. 24. W​hat do you do with a late-1990s big box that will soon be demolished? You use it as a training prop. ​Fire Chief Guerry Barbee says the Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. is using the roof of the old Rite Aid at the corner of Jetton and West Catawba to simulat​e ​what to do if an HVAC worker has broken his ​leg on the roof.

​”Crews are tasked with accessing the patient and removing him from the roof​,” says Chief Barbee, ​who is the son of a former chief, Jim Barbee.

Chase Bank ​plans to build one of its first branches in North Carolina​ on ​the ​1.5 acre​ lot opposite Wells Fargo and catty-corner to Aquesta.

Chase plans to demolish the​ vintage-1999 structure, and erect a one-story 3,000 square foot bank with a two-lane drive through.

​Barbee plans two more training sessions​, one at 7 pm tonight and another one at 9 am Saturday.

Chase plans to add up to 40 new branches across the state in the next three years, creating 250 jobs.

Expanding into Cornelius is part of a growth program announced earlier this year by Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. “To us, this is so much more than building branches. This is about new customer relationships, better access to credit, and local jobs,” she said.

The new Cornelius facility will also house regional directors for the bank as well as community development employees, said Chase spokesman Matt Wauben. “Essentially, this new building will serve as a Northern Charlotte service facility as we expand into this region,” he said.

Cornelius Today has also learned that Asheville-based Home Trust plans to build a new branch on Old Jetton Road diagonally across from the Allen Tate Building.