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Lowe's closure should provide call for community

Posted: August 19, 2011 - 8:17am

Without so much as a warning cry, the Lowe’s in Kenai closed its doors this week.

Shuttered, painted over and locked-up after consistently missing sales projections from the time it opened, the store left a community wondering.

Sure, businesses close all the time, but the sudden and unexpected nature seems to have whipped residents into a mixture of anger and concern.

Anger at a business for cutting off 79 residents’ paychecks on a day’s notice.

Concern about the conditions that caused the closure.

Were the store’s struggles a warning sign about our local economy, or simply the national recession reaching a tentacle down into what many consider a relatively safe and stable economy?

From the information we’ve gathered, it sounds like Lowe’s needed to cut a few stores to weather stormy national conditions and our outlet was on the chopping block.

One can wonder if the store picked the best time, location and conditions to open under, but what is most important here is that we set aside those questions and rally around those employees left on the curb.

Now, 79 of our neighbors are out of a job with the winter approaching. Let’s make sure we help them in any way that we can — communities half as strong as ours have done great things in hard times for those struggling to make it. Kenai should be no different.

Reach out, if you know someone affected by the closure, and offer what you can.

The closure should also be a reminder that shuttering a business should be the last resort for struggling establishments. There are a number of people, places and organizations set up to help sinking businesses meet their needs.

Think about our two chambers of commerce, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and Small Business Development Centers as well as your local governments and municipalities.

There are options and while they are not so much suited to look after a box store, they can certainly help with your smaller business.

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northernlights
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northernlights 08/19/11 - 09:29 am
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lowes

Give me a break, that store was doomed before it was built.
Common sense was not used. We have home depot, spenards etc, why did lowes even think it could make money with home depot next door. there isnt that much construction or people in the community to support it. Hmmm now I wonder, who owns the land, did they buy it outright or lease it. Who is going to be holding that huge big for nothing building in their hands. Who has to pay taxes on that.

jimbob
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jimbob 08/19/11 - 10:19 am
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Signs of the Times

While sorry for the folks losing their jobs, I can muster no sympathy for the corporate box stores. Hopefully Walmart will be the next one to close taking all their cheap chinese products with them. Shop local businesses, and buy American when you can.

robert white
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robert white 08/19/11 - 10:56 am
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lowes

next big stupid project, a huge sports dome that can't support itself...

shadowmt
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shadowmt 08/19/11 - 11:27 am
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Local is rare!

If local business would get rid of their cheap Chinese products that they buy to sell it would help. It is rare to find a true local store that is not full of stuff from China. If there was not so much price gouging going on and the age old lies about shipping and handling maybe people would be more inclined to shop locally for American made products.
Example:
Trustworthy Hardware - a bag of ice - $2.49
Walmart - a bag of ice - $1.78

spwright
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spwright 08/19/11 - 02:44 pm
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Lowe's 8/19/11

I did alot of renovating of My Ole Home this Summer & shopped at Lowe's many times. & Yes I shopped Local
& Hired Local for my projects.

There were more Employees in the Lowe's Store than there
were paying customers. As I said to myself "This won't last for very long " & that proved to be true.

Now the Corporate CEO of Lowe's can go buy a New Lear Jet since they have illiminated 80 Alaskan Jobs.
It's the Corporate American Way.

SPW "Airborne"

stuartw13
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