Adams, Johnson to be in Sanford for Lowe's grand re-opening

Posted September 1, 2011
Updated September 2, 2011

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— Gospel music singer and radio host Yolanda Adams and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson will be in Sanford for the re-opening celebration for the Lowe's home improvement store on Sept. 8, the company announced Thursday. 

The image of the flattened Lowe's was one of the more memorable and widely-broadcast pictures of the dozens of storms which claimed 24 lives across the state of North Carolina on April 16. Employees were hailed as heroes for ushering customers to the back of the store to safety.

Lowe's transferred all 160 workers from the Sanford store to other stores across the region, providing transportation for them to Pittsboro, Cary, Fayetteville, Chapel Hill, Southern Pines, Smithfield, Clayton, Erwin, Apex, Mebane, Laurinburg and Durham.

The grand re-opening event will begin with a breakfast for city leaders. Adams will broadcast her syndicated morning show live from the store. Johnson will meet with the media that morning, but not be available to the public for autographs. 

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., there will be food and entertainment, including performances from Chairmen of the Board and the Lee County High School marching band, in the parking lot of the store. 

When the reconstruction is complete, the store will have 103,000 square feet of retail sales space, with an adjacent 34,000 square-foot garden center. All 160 employees are expected to return.


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  • Wacky_dood Sep 2, 2011

    Lowes has been a pretty good corporation with regards to customers and employees. I only show at Lowes and never buy from Home Depot.

    Home Depot was recently in trouble for violating the Buy American Act.

  • MudLife Sep 2, 2011

    I think the breakfast should be for the fire departments and rescue personnel.

    Amen!... They were the ones out there doing all the work and the Lowes employees i think they should be at the breakfast instead of the city council who did nothing but hide in their homes.

  • MudLife Sep 2, 2011

    kudos to the Lowe's staff :)

  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    "Know what they call guys that are not into cars?

    Chill Out"

    We all built hot rods when we were kids than we grew up. I guess some people never do.

  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    "buy a block if ice and watch it melt. fayncmike GOLO member since May 24, 2011 Never been to a live race huh?

    Good Lord no! I once spent three days watching a half hour of it on TV (friend's house) and that was a lifetime of it for me. round and round; round and round, B-o-r-i--n-g, with a capitol B. I like more exciting sports like professional paint drying watching.

  • makeitright Sep 2, 2011

    Nice to read about people doing the right thing for a change.
    Kudos to Lowes Management.

  • cantstandya Sep 2, 2011

    Maybe our own politicians could learn from this,Lowes management met this problem head on took care of their people while rebuilding and maintained the confidence that it takes to be a reputable company that people like to do business with,glad to see them all coming back .

  • mmtlash Sep 2, 2011

    Lowes has handled this situation admirably and I for one have a greater respect for them as a corporation after all this

  • A Libertarian Sep 2, 2011

    Chill - That is funny and true.

  • whocares Sep 2, 2011

    This article is not about racing. Lowe's happens to be the sponsor of Jimmie Johnson's race car (for those who don't already know). I also agree that Lowe's could have laid off all the workers, but now they have employees who are faithful to the company and will be the best loyal employees that the company has.