After five years in the community, Joe Maus has sold his two Albemarle dealerships – The Stanly News & Press

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After five years in the local community, Joe Maus has marketed his two Albemarle dealerships

Printed 9:27 am Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Right after five yrs of serving the Stanly County neighborhood, Joe Maus has declared that he would be promoting his Albemarle two dealerships — Joe Maus Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Joe Maus Ford, alongside N.C. Highway 24-27.

Contacting it a “very hard decision” on his Facebook web page, Maus claimed he cherished staying element of the group. “The heat, compassion, and hospitality, I was welcomed with, and shown, throughout my stay, was second to none,” he wrote. “I will overlook all of you!”

In a comment to The Stanly News & Push Wednesday early morning, Maus stated the dealerships have been officially marketed. As an owner of various corporations, like Joe Maus Mazda in Charlotte, a few wine bars, a athletics bar, the Charlotte Thunder, an arena football staff and Xtreme Environment Wrestling (which he brought several occasions to Stanly), “I just wanted to gradual down a tiny,” he said.

The Keffer Group now owns each dealerships, he mentioned.

At first from a compact city in Ohio (comparable in dimensions to Albemarle), Maus expended lots of decades functioning for the Ritz Carlton lodge chain, right before transitioning to the automobile organization, which took him to japanese North Carolina, exactly where he started off many dealerships in Goldsboro, Kingston, Clayton and Jacksonville.

When the economic downturn strike about a decade in the past, Maus moved to Charlotte and opened two dealerships: Keffer Jeep and Independence Mazda (which afterwards turned Joe Maus Mazda).

In the course of his time in Stanly County, Maus observed a way to supply services outside of just advertising cars and trucks by his Hometown Heroes system, exactly where each month, two veterans, instructors, regulation enforcement officers and firefighters were honored at the two Joe Maus Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Joe Maus Ford. All advised, Maus reported, his dealerships honored about 500 persons as a result of the Hometown Heroes system.

“I love, admire, value and cherish all our hometown heroes!” Maus said, calling the system one of the favourite points he did. “I will usually continue my function with these amazing people.”

Maritime Corps veteran Paul Hummel, Albemarle police officer Lance Fallen, South Stanly instructor Michael Curlee and previous Albemarle firefighter Tony Russell get their “Hometown Heroes” plaques from Joe Maus in 2019.

Throughout his tenure, Maus also gave back to a number of local charities, which includes Butterfly Household Boy or girl Advocacy Middle, Esther Property, together with getting a key sponsor for numerous of the large college football groups.

He also organizes an annual toy push and in 2019, brought a several NFL players, together with latest Carolina Panther Shaq Thompson, to the spot to to satisfy lovers and signal autographs. That was the very first yr he hosted the generate in Stanly County. All of the toys collected went corporations in Stanly this sort of as the Esther Dwelling and Atrium Wellness Stanly, Maus mentioned at the time.

People today contributed to Maus’ philanthropic targets every time they procured a car simply because a portion of the proceeds went again into the community. The Joe Maus Basis has raised a lot more than $350,000 of which about $100,000 has absent back again into the Stanly group, he said.

As Maus transitions to concentrating on his other enterprises, he did not rule out coming again to the space in the foreseeable future.

“You never know,” he claimed. “I may perhaps be back to Stanly County yet again.”

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC Point out and received his Master’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He beforehand wrote for the Cash News Company in Annapolis, where lots of of his stories on immigration and tradition ended up printed in nationwide papers by using the AP wire.

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