By David Koerner, a project manager for the proposed Lowe’s of Dennis
From its start in 1946 as a small hardware store, Lowe’s has had its roots in the community.
Customer satisfaction, convenience and community service have been our core commitments for more than 60 years. At Lowe’s, we have a commitment to offering quality home improvement products at affordable prices, while contributing generously to the communities we serve.
By welcoming us to your community, you have our pledge that we will never stop improving.
For more than a year, we have worked closely with the Cape Cod Commission on our proposal for a full-service home improvement store in South Dennis. We’ve received feedback from the community that we’ve used to refine our plan, including opting for a smaller format store that reflects the unique character of the Cape. We selected a site in a town-approved industrial and commercial zone, adjacent to Patriot Square Plaza that is within the town’s Economic Center, as designated by the Cape Cod Commission Regional Policy Plan.
Lowe’s has also committed to investing more than $2.5 million to improve existing traffic flow along Route 134, and with these improvements, all funded by Lowe’s, we’re confident that traffic in this area will be better than it is now.
Likewise, the economic benefits to the community if the Lowe’s of Dennis is approved are significant. Lowe’s will invest more than $16.5 million in this store, which is expected to generate more than $100,000 annually in property tax and create up to 170 full- and part-time jobs eligible for our generous benefits program. Lowe’s annual average wage is nearly 14 percent higher than those in the Barnstable County retail sector.
Additionally, our experience in operating more than 1,825 stores has shown that a Lowe’s store complements existing local businesses. We offer a wide range of in-stock products and extended store hours, differentiating us from what is currently available on the Cape. But we’ve also
learned customers supplement their purchases from us with purchases from local shops, and we think that’s a good thing, supporting a robust local economy that benefits businesses of all sizes as well as the community.
Lowe’s will be a good neighbor and an active community partner in Dennis. Since 2008, the company has contributed more than $1.1 million to schools and community organizations in Massachusetts alone. Our Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program encourages employees at each store to adopt a local non-profit or a K-12 public school to make a difference in the community.
And Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund is dedicated to assisting our employees facing significant, unforeseen hardships.
Whether it’s in our stores or out in the community, Lowe’s has a legacy of leveraging its national resources to do good in good times and bad. Lowe’s is a company that is committed to its employees and loyal to the communities where we do business – and that’s the kind of business that will be good for Dennis.