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Would you shop at Lowe’s if one were built in northwest Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
78% 912
No
 
15% 181
I’m not sure
 
5% 66
Total 1159

Comments

KS 3 years, 10 months ago

A much better store than Home Depot.

John Hamm 3 years, 10 months ago

Not necessarily. I called Topeka store on a particular item to see if they had one in stock. Certainly we do! Drove to Topeka with trailer to pick it up - Oh, we don't stock those..........

loosecaboose 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, I already shop Lowes. It would be much closer to Baldwin City than Olathe. Also, my tax dollars would go to Lawrence and Douglas county instead of Olathe and Johnson county.

copperdog007 3 years, 10 months ago

Would I ever!!!!!! Just for the organization and customer service, I would go there even if I needed nothing! Anything to avoid that excuse of a store "Home Depot" The best thing about Lowes is that even if the Employee knows nothing about what you are looking for at least they find someone who knows who can help or they put a really good effort trying on there own. RIP OUT THAT TANGER PLACE AND MAKE IT BACK INTO A LUMBER YARD. Lowes is an awesome idea..........go for it!

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree. The customer service is far superior at Lowes. i think they pay their help better. Also, they carry quality products. Home Depot's product line isn't bad, and much better than the second rate crap they sell at Sutherland's, but it doesn't quite match up to Lowes. As long as Lowes isn't looking for a government handout, I say, "Come on Down!"

jackpot 3 years, 10 months ago

Keep from driving cross town. Heck yes!

3up3down 3 years, 10 months ago

We just built a home very close to there. We like to shop Lowe's but hate to drive to KC or Topeka to do it. Build it all ready!!!!!!!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Proof that Lowes will put Home Depot out of business thus one more empty retail location on the backs of the taxpayers.

Where is the absolute hard evidence that Lawrence,Kansas retail dollars can support two large centers?

A better idea is Lowe's buys out that Home Depot location thus a huge improvement in service and supply IF all that is said is true.

When it comes to local real estate speculators it is not the taxpayers nor the city commissions responsibility to guarantee profit or success on their real estate speculation endeavors.

That area is truly another failed real estate experiment brought about by pressure on the city commission from the Chamber and property owners(sometimes the same).

After several years now that area has not developed for what was approved = not enough demand to move forward. What was missing was the hard evidence for demand. Approval was based on an illusion.

That is what this Lowes deal is all about..... another illusion.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

"Proof that Lowes will put Home Depot out of business..." Let us revisit this wild assertion in a year & see what happens.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Does the World Company own some of the land or is the World Company an investor?

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 10 months ago

Are you? Have you put any of your lawn mowing money into investing in the local businesses you promote - for free - on this board? Maybe you own a share or two if interest in Westlake? Hmmm?

skinny 3 years, 10 months ago

I drive to Lowes in Topeka already. It will be nice to have one next door!!

rockchalker52 3 years, 10 months ago

I always find what I'm after at Home Depot & they're much closer to where I live. I would shop at the NW Lowe's, too, probably not as often. Hope it works out. We could use a Lowe's but even if we get one, Home Depot will survive just fine, I'm sure.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

"The Home Depot Inc. still ranks as the No. 1 home-improvement chain in the nation. Lowe's remains in second place but is rapidly gaining ground.

"Obviously the last thing anyone would want to see them doing is dropping in a big store and then not being able to get the traffic they need to get the store to perform as it should," says David Campbell, an analyst that follows Lowe's for Davenport & Co. in Richmond, Va. "

Charlotte Business Journal

Beware Lowe's is on a small store rampage. The Lawrence market is likely not as lucrative as Lowe's is being led to believe. Lowe's best do it's own retail availability study.

dogsandcats 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, definitely. HATE Home Depot. I would drive out of my way to go to Lowe's vs. Home Despot, oops I mean Depot.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Once again a better idea is Lowe's buys out that Home Depot location thus a huge improvement in service and supply IF all that is said is true.

Yes there are many negative experiences coming from Home Depot from any number of sources which is why Lowe's should buy out that location. Are all Home Depot stores as "bad" as this one?

According to what I read the Home Depot store is about the same size as many Lowe's store. We must remember Lowe's will be hiring from the same employee market as does Home Depot.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 10 months ago

I see Merrill still lives in his utopian SimCity world where one business can simply replace another business on the whim of the central planner.

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

Come now, Merrill. Its a little more complicated than that. Last time I heard the Lawrence Home Depot was not for sale. Competition is good for the consumer. Not every city issue has a "progressive" side and a "pro-business side." you need to learn to be a little more selective in the issues you take on.

This progessive is all for a Lowes, as long as it is fully on their dime.

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

Lowes has very good customer service. Ace is inconsistent. Sometimes, I have to walk half the store to fetch help. But when they are available, the Ace clerks are friendly and helpful.

notanota 3 years, 10 months ago

Only if they don't charge a sneaky tax to build the store.

Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 10 months ago

Or a sneaky "special tax" for you to shop there.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

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droppinplates 3 years, 10 months ago

It's funny watching the same crowd start squawking everytime a business wants to build in Lawrence. I would absolutely shop at Lowe's. Not because I don't like Home Depot, because the Lowe's would be closer to where I live.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Can just anybody hide ads for businesses in comments? If so, Snap's College of CheeseMaking and Taxidermy is running a two-for-one special on marmots and gouda this month. The number to call is BR-549.

George_Braziller 3 years, 10 months ago

I go to Home Depot as a last resort when I can't find what I need anywhere else. But It always ends up being a battle of frustration. Every single one of them I have been in has been the same. "Uh, I'll have to check on that because I don't know if we have it" or, "We don't have that at this store but you can order it. and it should be available in three weeks."

I'm not sure why I even waste my time on that place.

jayhawxrok 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes I would shop at Lowe's. I think Lowe's and HD are about even on a lot of materials, lumber is sub-par for both, tile is crappy for both, paints are B sides of reputable manufacturers, both have reasonably priced things and the overpriced. If anybody goes out of business it would be Ace and really it's about time. I think they are stuck in 1985.

George_Braziller 3 years, 10 months ago

I'll take Ace over Home Depot any day. "Stuck in 1985" is something called customer service. Walk into Home Depot and you can walk around the store for 15 minutes just trying to find someone to ask where the batteries are located.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

At 5:46 PM can Home Depot or any retail operation afford to lose 582 customers?

How many empty retail locations can local taxpayers afford to subsidize?

City Commissioners it would be best for taxpayers if the commission could encourage Lowe's to seek out a purchase of Home Depot. This would allow Lowe's to be successful quickly and relive taxpayers of one more quite large empty retail location.

Are all property owners paid up on property taxes associated with vacant property and/or property under construction?

College Hill Taxes Unpaid http://cjonline.com/news/2010-10-28/college_hill_taxes_go_unpaid

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

You will find Kansas number 19 thanks to the republican led state legislature.

25 States With the Highest Debt Per Person http://www.investinganswers.com/a/25-states-highest-debt-person-2395

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Woo hoo! merrill's found another source for his seemingly endless copy/pasting!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Burlington,Vermont Heading for Retail Overload

The region's retail sector, both a cause and a manifestation of its prosperity, will soon exhibit the "imbalance" of an oversupplied market, says the local appraisal firm of Allen & Cable. And should the national economy further soften in the coming months, "the impact on this real estate market could be more profound," the appraisers warn in their most recent county-wide analysis.

The amount of retail space in Burlington and its suburbs is expected to swell by 14 percent this year – the single biggest jump recorded since the opening of the initial set of big box outlets at Taft Corners five years ago. Most of the current increase is attributable to the Maple Tree Place development at the same Interstate 89 exit 12 in Williston. The mixed-use complex includes 375,000 square feet of retail space.

Some brokers question whether shoppers can meet the challenge of sustaining all the existing and soon-to-open stores in the county.

The national chains and local merchants moving into Maple Tree Place are betting that consumers will have the spending muscle to make this new shopping center a success. Retail space there is almost entirely leased, according to brokers making the deals.

Allen & Cable aren't as sanguine about the impact of Maple Tree Place and three additional big boxes expected to open in the area this year.

"Even under the best conditions," the appraisers say, "it will take time for the market to digest the new supply."

The current retail vacancy rate of more than 9 percent – significantly higher than the average for the past eight years – can only increase once Maple Tree Place comes on line, Allen & Cable maintains. "We expect the market to experience some imbalance, additional vacancies and negative pressure on rent levels."

http://www.vermontbiz.com/article/september/burlington-heading-retail-overload

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 10 months ago

I didn't know Burlington, VT had anything to do with this discussion.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Careful there, glock. According to some, merrill's posts should not be questioned.

average 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm about equidistant between the two sites. If Lowes puts in angled parking preferably, or at least more room between ranks, they've got my business. When I go to one of those stores, I'm typically driving a long-bed truck. At least half the vehicles in the lot are half-tons or larger. And the Lawrence Home Depot lot just sucks.

George_Braziller 3 years, 10 months ago

At first I thought you were making a joke about the parking and then I realized you were serious. You do realize that there are options. It's called parking on the edge of the lot and walking the extra 80 feet when you land your over-sized craft in the lot.

average 3 years, 10 months ago

Which is what I do. But, it's pretty ridiculous when the majority of the vehicles in the lot are oversized, yet the lot is one of the worst in town for big vehicles. A very minor gripe I'll admit it, but if Lowes got it right, they'd have my business over HD.

riverdrifter 3 years, 10 months ago

"yet the lot is one of the worst in town for big vehicles"

WTF are you talking about?

Bailey Perkins 3 years, 10 months ago

Typically a wider selection of items, than Home Depot, and better service. While remodeling where I live, I always drove to Topeka instead of shopping in Lawrence.

riverdrifter 3 years, 10 months ago

What a bunch of BS. If the whole thing was reversed, everybody would be longing for Home Depot! Who cares?

Prairielander 3 years, 10 months ago

HD will be closer so I'll probably continue to shop there. I see no reason why both stores can't survive.

Sue McDaniel 3 years, 10 months ago

I would LOVE to have a Lowe's, more home decorating items and JOBS, etc. There is NO reason NOT to allow them to come, I am surprised they gave us another chance. THANKS!

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