The first Lowe’s store, North Wilkesboro Hardware, opened in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1921 by Lucius Smith Lowe (1879–1940). After Lowe died in 1940, the business was inherited by his daughter Ruth Buchan, who sold the company to her brother James Lowe that same year. James took on his brother-in-law Carl Buchan as a partner in 1943.
Buchan anticipated the dramatic increase in construction after World War II, and under his management, the store focused on hardware and building materials. Before then, the product mix had also included notions, dry goods, horse tack, snuff, produce, and groceries. The company bought a second location in Sparta, North Carolina in 1949.
Lowe’s Corporate Founder
Founder: Lucius Smith Lowe & Carl Buchan
Lowe’s Corporate Official Address
Address: 1000 Lowe’s Boulevard, Mooresville, NC 28117, USA
Lowe’s Corporate Contact Details
Phone Number: +1 800-445-6937