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Lowe's plans to rebuild Sanford store

Posted April 21, 2011

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— Lowe's will rebuild a Sanford store seriously damaged in Saturday's spate of storms by late this year, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

The 160 employees of the Horner Boulevard store were transferred to other locations after the storms made the home improvement warehouse one of the most indelible images of the tornadoes that raked across North Carolina Saturday afternoon. Lowe's is providing transportation for employees to reach stores in Pittsboro, Cary, Fayetteville, Chapel Hill, Southern Pines, Smithfield, Clayton, Erwin, Apex, Mebane, Laurinburg and Durham.

Stacey Lentz said Lowe's will rebuild on the same location and hopes to be back in business by the fourth quarter of its fiscal year.

Store manager Michael Hollowell and his employees saved dozens of lives when they herded customers to the windowless rear area of the store as the storm bore down. 

The front of the store was flattened, and cars in the parking lot were flipped over on their roofs, but no one was seriously injured.

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  • mewuvbb Apr 21, 2011

    I work at Lowes in Pittsboro, and I totally recommend anyone who would love to work for a wonderful caring company, Lowes is the place. Wonderful Company with Wonderful People to work for!

  • cantstandya Apr 21, 2011

    Glad to hear this,drive farther to go there than I would to Southern Pines store but the people and management there are the best I have ever dealt with wish them a quick recovery.

  • saturn5 Apr 21, 2011

    Thank you for taking care of your employees, Lowes. I will be sure to spread the word and send my business your way.

  • Parrot Ice Apr 21, 2011

    Lowes has been known to assist not only the community but its employees during a time of need. This is, by far, a tremendous demonstration of dedication and support.

  • cherokee43v6 Apr 21, 2011

    Con-Agra could learn a thing or two here!

    Lowes just proved itself an excellent North Carolina corporate Citizen.

  • Idrivemyown Apr 21, 2011

    After reading that Lowe's has provide the employees with jobs and transportation, I might have become a Lowe's customer for life. What a great way to show the community how much you care about them and how much you are willing to support them!! WTG Lowe's!!

  • Phrostbite Apr 21, 2011

    I think Lowes may have just won me back from Home Depot. lol, seriously though...good corporate citzenship here, cause they really were under no obligation to do this.

  • hcain73 Apr 21, 2011

    The devastation from the road is amazing!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 21, 2011

    I'm shocked that they are providing transportation for employees to all of the out-of-town Lowes stores. Must be covered in their insurance.

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 21, 2011

    wonderful to hear. good luck.

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