Lowe's Companies, Inc.
() is a U.S.
-based chain of retail home improvement
stores. Founded in 1946 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
, the chain now serves more than 14 million customers a week in its 1,710 stores in the United States and 20 in Canada
. Expansion into Canada began in 2007, with the opening of a store in Hamilton, Ontario
, in early 2008. Lowe's started the construction of two stores in the Mexican city of Monterrey
officially entering the Mexican market. In 2011, Lowe's released plans to build over 150 stores in Australia over the coming 5 years, hoping to compete with the AUD$46 billion industry.Lowe's Companies, Inc. is 43 on the Fortune 500
list. As of 2010, the chain is based in Mooresville, North Carolina
, near Charlotte, North Carolina
.<!--References in "headquarters" section say Mooresville--> Lowe's is the second-largest hardware chain in the U.S. behind The Home Depot
and ahead of Menards
. Globally, Lowe's is also the second-largest hardware chain, again behind The Home Depot and ahead of the European
Lucius S. Lowe opened Lowe's North Wilkesboro Hardware in North Wilkesboro
, North Carolina
, in 1921. The business was inherited by his daughter, Ruth, when Lucius died in 1940. She sold the company to her brother, Jim, that same year. Jim Lowe and Ruth's husband, Carl Buchan, both served in World... Read More