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E. M. O'Herron, Sr. founded the Eckerd Drug Company in Charlotte in 1921. The company, which pioneered low-priced drugs, now operates seventy-five drugstores in six Southeastern states.
The company began when J. S. Myers and J. J. Ezell opened a paint store in Charlotte in 1904. Several years later T. W. Pritchard joined the company, and in 1922, he purchased the remaining stock from the founders and the company was his. He later expanded the product line to include glass. In 1979, Pritchard Paint & Glass Company celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Autobell Car Wash, Inc., founded in Charlotte in 1969 by the late Chuck Howard, Sr. and currently overseen by his son Chuck, Jr., is the nation's largest regional car-wash chain. Still privately owned, the company recently opened its sixty-first wash. Each new one costs an average of $2 million.