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See what Lowe's looked like when the home-improvement giant first opened

Áine Cain   

See what Lowe's looked like when the home-improvement giant first opened
Finance1 min read
Lowe's early store

Courtesy of Lowe's

The predecessor to Lowe's was a small store called North Wilkesboro Hardware.

  • Lowe's can trace its roots back to 1921.
  • That's when a businessman named Lucian Lowe founded North Wilkesboro Hardware in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
  • Lowe's son, Jim, and son-in-law, Carl Buchan, would later run the business together.
  • Buchan would eventually spin off the company's hardware business in order to kick off the modern-day Lowe's.
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Lowe's is a mainstay for customers tackling home-improvement projects.

The North Carolina-based chain may be one of the largest home-improvement retailers in the world. But the business actually got its start as a single general store.

That small-town model eventually gave way to a larger regional chain of hardware stores, and as the company grew it began to take on more of the look of the modern-day Lowe's.

Here's a peek at what Lowe's stores looked like back in the day:




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