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Service Experts Heating & Air Conditoning Acquires A-Plus AC & Heating

PLANO, Texas—Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, one of North America's largest heating and air conditioning brands, has announced a strategic acquisition of A-Plus Air Conditioning & Heating Company with offices in Bryan's Road, Maryland and Springfield, Virginia. The purchase allows Service Experts to expand its footprint into northeast Virginia and south central Maryland, which includes several of the region's most densely populated areas.

Service Experts currently offers service in the Richmond (Eveready Service Experts) and Salem, Virginia markets and in Gaithersburg, Md. (Parker-Pearce Service Experts), but there is no overlap with the A-Plus service area, which includes Montgomery, Prince George's and Charles counties in Maryland, as well as Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun counties in Virginia.

"A-Plus represents a perfect compliment to the Service Experts business, both geographically and operationally," said Scott J. Boxer, President and CEO of Service Experts. "We plan to expand and grow the center, as well as seek strategic growth opportunities through other business development initiatives and acquisitions that fit our core business model."

A-Plus Air Conditioning & Heating Company, founded in 1976, offers full-service residential heating and air conditioning repairs, maintenance and new equipment sales and installation. Jay Stine, who joined the company in 1980, becomes the new Branch Manager. The company is a member of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, and community activities have included donations to the Seniors Golf League at White Plains Regional Golf for free memberships, donations to Strawberry Hills Civic Association for the Community National Night Out and sponsorship of a bowling team for 30 years in Waldorf, Maryland.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Supports the United Way's Day of Caring Events

WALDORF, Md.—Community Bank of the Chesapeake is partnering with the United Way to help support local communities. Throughout the fall, Community Bank employees participated in the organization's annual Day of Caring events in Southern Maryland and Virginia.

"Involvement in the Day of Caring has become a much-loved tradition here at Community Bank," said William Pasenelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of the Chesapeake. "Our employees look forward to giving back each year and supporting the United Way and the causes they help in the community."

This year, Community Bank employees volunteered at several different organizations, including the Arc of Southern Maryland, Health Partners in Charles County and the Rappahannock YMCA. Led by a team captain, participants were tasked with everything from gardening and landscaping to building a haunted house.

The United Way Day of Caring is an annual, community-wide event benefitting several deserving nonprofits. Each year, the Day of Caring brings together generous individuals under the common mission of creating positive change in the lives of children, families and seniors in our community.

St. Charles Towne Plaza Announces Upcoming Renovation in 2015

New additions provide shoppers with more food and retail choices

WALDORF, Md.—St. Charles Towne Plaza mall management on Oct. 24 announced plans for a massive interior and exterior renovation. Set to begin in March of 2015, the shopping center renovations will include a variety of updates and new amenities. Additional details about the renovation will be announced in the near future. The project is anticipated to be completed by November of 2015.

“Our goal is to continue providing shoppers in the Waldorf area and surrounding communities with a positive and memorable shopping experience,” said Stephanie Yates, property manager at St. Charles Towne Plaza. “This renovation project serves to strengthen the Plaza’s reputation as an enhanced shopping destination.”

To further the Plaza’s commitment to better serving shoppers, St. Charles Towne Plaza is also set to welcome a variety of new and renovated stores and restaurants, including St. Charles Pharmacy, Panda Express and Ashley Furniture. These stores join the newly renovated Hibachi Buffet and recently opened PC Retro Computers and Isle of Vape. These new additions further enhance the appealing store roster at St. Charles Towne Plaza, offering local shoppers more food and retail options to complement the offerings at St. Charles Towne Center.

St. Charles Pharmacy is set to open next to Papa John’s Pizza by November 2014 to offer the community comprehensive pharmacy and prescription services. A clinically trained team of pharmacists and technical staff will fill prescriptions accurately and provide clear explanations about all medications.

Opening its new space in October, Panda Express will offer shoppers a wide variety of original American Chinese dishes. In addition to its signature Orange Chicken and zesty Beijing Beef, guests also enjoy a large menu of other traditional Chinese dishes and combo meals, including spicy Kung Pao Chicken and savory Broccoli Beef. Panda Express will be located next to Burger King.

Ashley Furniture will debut its new storefront next to K&G Menswear in April 2015. As the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. offers one of the industry’s broadest product assortments to retail partners in 123 countries. From design through fulfillment, Ashley continuously strives to provide customers with the best values, selection and service.

Shoppers hungry for Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine can visit Hibachi Buffet, which recently re-opened its newly renovated space next to The UPS Store on October 7, 2014. The all-you-can-eat buffet features a variety of fresh, authentic menu items, and the Hibachi section allows guests to choose their own ingredients for a cooked-to-order meal on the Hibachi grill.

These new stores and restaurants join the recently opened PC Retro Computers, which opened earlier this year at St. Charles Towne Plaza next to Value City Furniture, and Isle of Vape, which opened in June next to Big Lots. As an industry leading retailer of new and refurbished electronic equipment, PC Retro Computers offers a wide selection of desktops, laptops, printers and more. Isle of Vape, a leading provider of Electronic Vapors, offers Custom E-Juices and Mods to help people quit smoking.

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