October 20th, 2011


Lowe's, I Hardly Knew Ye...

Oh, woe! My private home improvement warehouse is closing. Okay, so technically the Quonset Lowe's was open to to the public, but oftentimes (especially weekday evenings) it seemed like I was the only customer in the place. When Lowe's announced that it was closing underperforming stores, I had no doubt which store would be number one on the list.

To be honest, I was stunned it lasted this long (it opened January, 2009). As I said, on weekdays there always seemed to be more employees than customers, and it wasn't much better on weekends. It wasn't the recession. The Home Depot by me is always busy. It was that they stuck it in the middle of an industrial park, where it's not on the way to anything except a couple of marinas and the port where all of the northeast's Subarus and Audis arrive from overseas. You can't see it from the main commercial drag in town.

On the other hand, it's within eye shot of where I work, so it was very convenient for me on the way home at night. Not so much on weekends, because I live just a couple of miles down the road from the Depot. The two stores are comparable, but each had strengths and weaknesses. Lowe's had better hardwood and a better specialty hardware aisle. I shall miss that. There are still a couple of other Lowe's in Warwick and Cranston, but neither is particularly easy to get to from here, except by bike