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Boucherville, Quebec, June 22, 2017 – Today, Lowe’s Canada opened its first store under the new model of Lowe’s stores in Canada which offers an enhanced shopping experience. The store, located at 9603 165 Ave NW in Edmonton was converted from the former RONA Home and Garden, and was designed by taking the best of Lowe’s and RONA’s offering, to create the new model of Lowe’s stores.
“The conversion of our Edmonton store marks the evolution of the Lowe’s Big Box in Canada, says Jim Caldwell, Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Big Box Retail. “We are thrilled to offer this new shopping experience for our customers by taking the best of what both banners have to offer to create a new Lowe’s Big Box model. The Edmonton North location marks many firsts for Lowe’s on the Contractor side that will significantly benefit our Commercial customers with enhanced offers in product, pricing, services and financing.”
The store underwent an extensive 16-week physical transformation from the former RONA which involved construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion, as well as a significant investment in our people with extensive training that is focused on new product knowledge and customer service.
New Retail Experience
The new Edmonton North Lowe’s will offer a new retail experience including:
Enhanced Contractor Experience
The new Edmonton North location marks an enhanced shopping experience for Commercial customers including:
The new Edmonton North Lowe’s marks the company’s 57th store in Canada under the Lowe’s banner and the banner’s fifth Lowe’s location in the Edmonton market. The store represents an approximate local investment in excess of $8.6 million and created 46 new jobs – in total the store employs 143 permanent positions with an additional 30 seasonal roles.
The store will offer about 40,000 products in-stock to meet customers’ home improvement needs, and features approximately 73,000 square feet of retail sales space, an adjacent Garden Centre which includes approximately 28,000 square feet, a covered lumberyard of 14,000 square feet, and an additional outdoor drive thru lumberyard of 24,000 square feet.
Today, local dignitaries and Lowe’s executives joined employees from the store to celebrate the grand opening through an official board cutting ceremony and community grant presentation. Lowe’s donated $5,000 to the John Bosco Child and Family Services Foundation to support renovations and improvements to the rental facilities that are provided to select organizations and agencies concerned with the welfare of vulnerable children, youth and adults.
Grand Opening Events
Grand opening activities for the new store will continue throughout Monday where customers can enjoy free sessions, giveaways and contests including:
About Lowe's Canada
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe's Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operate or service over 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe's, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick's Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA's independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.
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