Lowe’s Increases Competition In Local Home Improvement Market

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IMG_4827Sault Ste. Marie’s newest big box retailer officially opened its doors Thursday. Home improvement giant, Lowe’s opened a 75,000 square foot store in the former Zellers on Northern Avenue after almost a year in renovating and building new space.
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Lowe’s gives another big box outlet, Home Depot direct competition in the home reno market along with large floor spaces devoted to home appliances.  Lowe’s also competes with locally owned Soo Mill and department stores like Sears and Canadian Tire from home and garden to kitchen appliances.
The Sault Ste. Marie Lowe’s store features a permanent garden centre of approximately 4,400 square feet plus a 6,300 square foot seasonal pop-up garden centre. The store represents an approximate local investment in excess of $7 million and will created 120 to 140 jobs with an additional 40 to 50 seasonal positions. according to a press release last year.
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The company serves 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,830 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. In Canada, Lowe’s opened its first stores in December 2007 and now operates 37 stores in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia with more than 6,000 employees.

Their Grand Opening is happening now  to Sunday, June 21st and they are offering fun activities, giveaways, contests, and events all weekend long! They invite everyone to Come celebrate their new store’s grand opening and they are giving everyone a chance to win awesome prizes, like a Bosch dishwasher, a Charbroil BBQ, a Dyson canister vacuum, and LG Laundry Pair. More give-aways and celebrations continues Friday

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…and Friday June 19th is going to be even better!
• First 400 customers will receive a FREE African violet plant.
• First 200 customers will receive a FREE Plant Prod Fertilizer trial pack.
• First 90 customers will receive a FREE can of OFF!® Explore™ Insect Repellent
• LIVE on-site radio broadcast by KISS 100.5 from 10 am to 2 pm with Scott Turnbull.
• Enter for your chance to WIN a $250 Lowe’s Gift Card!
• Enter a draw for a chance to WIN 1 of 7 small appliances during the broadcast

The fun continues on Saturday, June 20th with Bryan Baeumler
• First 200 customers will receive a Lowe’s $25 Gift Card!
• Live on-site radio broadcast by 104.3 COUNTRY from 9 am to 1 pm with Gary Creighton.
• Enter for your chance to WIN a $250 Lowe’s Gift Card!
• Enter for your chance to WIN 1 of 3 small appliances during the broadcast:
• FREE Build & Grow Clinic for the kids at 10 am:
kids can learn how to make their very own
See-It-Grow planter! And you’ll be free to shop
while the little ones are occupied.
• Q & A and book signing with Bryan Baeumler from 11 am to 2 pm.
• Enter for your chance to WIN 1 of 4 Grand Prizes:
o Bosch SS Ascenta Dishwasher (approx. value $1048.00)
o Char-Broil TRU-Infrared™ 3-Burner Propane Barbecue (approx. value $499.00)
o Dyson DC78 Canister Vacuum (approx. value $699.00)
o LG Laundry Pair (excluding pedestals): 7.4 Cu.ft. Electric Steam Dryer Steam (White) and 5.2 cu.ft. HE Front-load Washer (approx. value 2999.00)
*Contest ends Sunday, June 21 at end of business day. See in-store for full details and rules and regulations.
• See what’s cooking in our Kitchen Department! Enjoy delicious
foods and beverages supplied by Kina’s Katering of Sault Ste Marie from
11 am to 3 pm.

Saultonline.com dropped in for a tour of the new store! Check out the Gallery!