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Sanford Lowe's schedules grand re-opening

Posted August 2, 2011
Updated September 1, 2011

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— The home improvement super store demolished by a tornado this spring will re-open in Sanford Sept. 8, the company announced Tuesday.

The image of the flattened Sanford 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 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.

A grand re-opening event Sept. 8 will begin with a breakfast for city leaders. 

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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  • caryzoo Aug 3, 2011

    I am so glad and prayers to Lowe's. Best of luck!

  • mmtlash Aug 3, 2011

    "I have heard that Lowes has been really great to folks throughout all of this...glad to see them reopen! Great example of a community treating it's employees right and giving back"

    I meant to say great example of a company....not community lol

  • mmtlash Aug 3, 2011

    I have heard that Lowes has been really great to folks throughout all of this...glad to see them reopen! Great example of a community treating it's employees right and giving back

  • Iconoclast Aug 3, 2011

    Kudos to Lowes for keeping all 160 employees working while they were rebuilding. So many other businesses would have just layed everyone off. Lowes has demonstrated that it is loyal to and wants to help its employees.

  • cantstandya Aug 3, 2011

    Every business has their critics but after doing business at this particular Lowes the Management and employees are some of the most helpfull I have run across,have one much closer to where I live but drive that extra few miles to get the service of this one,glad to see them getting back.

  • queene01 Aug 2, 2011

    Yea- they need to do a breakfast for everyone that was in the store! I'm sure they have some kindof record of who was there.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 2, 2011

    Ok so they going to give the leaders a breakfast, cry about it, but for one, I'm happy they are opening. I'm glad they took care of their employees. I'll not go on about what a great place it is to shop. I've see better prices and quality at other places. But all in all they do add to value of Sanford.

  • BBWAFRICANWOMAN Aug 2, 2011

    A breakfast for city leaders? Give me a break! How about a breakfast for the victims of the tornadoes? Look into it Lowes.