Lowes opens new store
By THOMAS J. BARR, Editor
The Pioneer News
August 6, 2008
SHEPHERDSVILLE — C.J. Henson had visitors at his new Lowes home improvement center well before the store actually opened its doors.
Photo by THOMAS J. BARR
Shepherdsville Mayor Sherman Tinnell saws the official board with manager C.J. Hanson at the new Lowes.
The people of Bullitt County were eager to see the new center open.
Officially, they got to see the first look at the 117,000 square foot retail center on Thursday morning as Shepherdsville mayor Sherman Tinnell cut the board instead of a ribbon.
Henson, who opened his third Lowes store and will serve as manager of the Shepherdsville facility, said the stream of customers had been steady as the doors unofficially opened on Monday.
"We love it," Henson said of the community enthusiasm.
Less than a year ago, plans were first disclosed in The Pioneer News that the store would be constructed on Conestoga Parkway, next to the Shepherdsville City Government Center.
The six-year Lowes veteran said the local market is ripe for a home improvement center that will provide products at competitive prices while also being a major partner in community projects.
At the official opening ceremonies Thursday, Hebron Middle School was presented a $1,000 check for its outdoor classroom project.
Inside the store, representatives for Habitat for Humanities, a national Lowes partner, were present giving out information.
"We want to be good neighbors," said Henson.
Local governmental leaders, as well as members of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, were present.
"Thanks for being part of our community," said Shepherdsville mayor Sherman Tinnell. "We appreciate you selecting Shepherdsville and Bullitt County."
Tinnell is appreciative of the $18.5 million commitment to the project, as well as the 175 jobs created. The opening of the Lowes is just another sign that the city is growing.
"Lowes is a major part of what is happening in Shepherdsville," said Tinnell. "There are a lot more things to come."
Tinnell said that once a community gets a major retailer, such as Lowes, others will follow.
He said it is important to have a good mix of industrial and retail opportunities.
With the proper mix, Tinnell said people can shop closer to home and not have to take their dollars to other counties.
"The more we can bring home, the easier it is on the family's budget," said Tinnell.
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said she was also very excited to see Lowes open in the community.
Henson said Lowes started with a single hardware store in 1946. Since that time, over 1,550 stores have opened and over 160,000 employees work for the second largest home improvement retailer in the world.
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