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Lowe's plans to rebuild Sanford store

Posted April 21, 2011 1:46 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2011 3:52 p.m. EDT

— 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.