Thelma's to open coffee shop for veterans

Based on the popular Richard's Coffee Shop in Mooresville, Thelma's Down Home Cooking restaurant in the former Salisbury Mall will open a coffee shop to cater to veterans.

The grand opening for Thelma's Frontier Coffee Shop will be on April 8 at 10:00 am at Thelma's in the West End Plaza.

The plans call for a coffee shop where veterans can get free coffee on Tuesday mornings, and simply be able to sit and talk to one another.

Rowan County recently announced that it would move the Veteran's Service office to the West End plaza, and the old mall is near the Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Owner Thelma Luckey is a veteran of the Army Reserve, serving in 864th Transportation Company, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

In Mooresville, Richard's Coffee Shop offers free coffee for vets and has numerous displays of military memorabilia.