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08/10/04

Lowe's to Open in Hinesville

Before you start a home improvement project, does it involve a tank of gas and a long drive? A new store around the corner would be a good thing. Shoppers in Hinesville and Liberty County are anticipating the opening of the new Lowe's home improvement center this week.

The opening has Don Parks excited as an employee and a customer. So how hard was it to get the store ready? "You had to ask that didn't you? Fifteen years in the army and this was probably the most strenuous thing I've done in a shortened time period," he said.

With most of the 120 employees in place, the store opens Friday. Managers say the growing community needs more selection and more of everything. "We have a total of 41,000 different SKU's, which range from lawn and garden to lumber," said manager Lee Rider. "We can do anything you want to do for your house."

Rider says they sell everything, including the kitchen sink--and 20 models of those. With Liberty County adding houses hand over fist, the arrival of Lowe's could mean more big stores are on the way.

Lowe's VP Debbie Singletary told us, "Military base towns are a great asset to Lowe's and we want to work with the military and serve the needs of women and men in the service."

Perhaps the one industry that could be hurt by the opening is gas stations where people filled up before they left town to shop. But Rider says his delivery trucks will hopefully make up the difference.

The store opens Friday at 7am. It's located on Highway 84.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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