– Employees Now Stocking More Than 40,000 Items – 

– Store tours available upon request – 

WHO:                   Lowe’s of Chalmette 

WHEN:                 Friday, January 8, 2010

                            6 a.m., Lowe’s will open its doors to the public  

                            Thursday, January 14, 2010

                            10 a.m. Grand Opening festivities including Lowe’s Board Cutting ceremony

                           Gift Card Match Day – Buy a Gift Card, Help Build a Home. Purchase a Lowe’s Gift Card on Thursday,Jan.14,and Lowe’s will match purchases up to $5,000 to support the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity’s next building project. 

WHERE:               Lowe’s of Chalmette #3016

                            8333 West Judge Perez Drive

                            Chalmette, LA 70043

 ABOUT THE STORE:

The home improvement store has 117,000 square feet of retail sales space, with an adjacent garden center, stocking 40,000 different items to help customers build, improve and beautify their homes.  A store of this size represents an average investment in the community of approximately $18.5 million and creates up to 175 new jobs.

STORE TOURS & MEDIA INTERVIEWS:      

The media are invited to get a behind-the-scenes, advance tour of the new Lowe’s store. To schedule a media tour with the store manager, call Gerard Littlejohn at (704) 758-4337. For information about Lowe’s, call Maureen Rich at (704) 758-2298.  

 ABOUT LOWE’S: 

With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,700 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.