Sanford Lowe's schedules grand re-opening

Posted August 2, 2011 6:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2011 8:14 p.m. EDT

— 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.