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In the wider world of retail, it’s the big blue rival to Home Depot’s orange cohort. For its customers, it’s a local big-box store that offers the assortment of hardware options necessary for home projects.
But how did Lowe’s get its start?
Well, the home-improvement chain can trace its roots all the way back to 1921. Throughout its history, Lowe’s has undergone a number of important transitional phases, which have helped the company to morph into the home-improvement retailer we all know today.
Here’s a look at the history of Lowe’s:
The history of Lowe’s begins in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in 1921.
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That’s when Lucius Lowe launched a general merchandise store called North Wilkesboro Hardware.
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After Lowe’s 1940 death, the store went to his daughter Ruth. She sold the business to her brother Jim.
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