Lowe’s Celebrates Grand Opening
Prince George, B.C. – It was all smiles this morning for Lowe’s grand opening at Pine Centre Mall.
The store features about 101,000 square feet of retail sales space with an adjacent garden centre and another 7,500 square feet of space.
The company notes it was built using sustainable development practices, including the re-use of existing building and site infrastructure and an automated building energy management system to automatically turn on and off building and heating cooling systems.
In total it represents an investment of $26 million and has created approximately 120-140 jobs and another 30 to 40 seasonal positions.
Several dignitaries were on hand today including Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall.
“We’re excited to have you here and I know you’re going to be a success in Prince George,” he told the crowd.
“You look at the entire area we trade with and it’s not just an opportunity for Prince George citizens but it’s without question an opportunity for people in our trading area: in Vanderhoof, in Quesnel, Fort St. James, Mackenzie. It’s important to all of us.”
Hall added the jobs will also provide a nice boost to the local economy.
“In a market like Prince George that’s a huge number of opportunities for people to gain employment here.”
During today’s opening Lowe’s also announced a $10,000 donation to the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) trades program.
CNC president Henry Reiser said the school will use the funds to purchase a 16-foot trailer for their carpentry program.
“Lowe’s is not only contributing here in Prince George but they are adding other locations as well,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond “It’s a great news story that Lowe’s has confidence in our province.”