With a donation to New Horizons Habitat for Humanity and a ceremonial purchase of a Kobalt hammer by President Jimmy Carter, Lowe’s of Americus opened to great fanfare Thursday morning.
Mike Brown, Lowe’s executive vice president of store operations, welcomed everyone to the newest Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, the 59th in Georgia.
“[Lowe’s] relationship with Habitat is special, and we’ve grown to know the people in Americus,” Brown said. “This building is more than a store. It’s a $12 million investment in the community.”
Brown then recognized former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter before inviting President Carter to the podium.
“It’s very important for Rosalynn and me to see Lowe’s come to this community,” Carter said, adding, “Lowe’s has been particularly helpful in encouraging women to build homes.” He was referring to Lowe’s underwriting of Women Build, Habitat’s program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities.
“I have to admit the homes that the women built are better than the ones I worked on,” Carter joked.
Lowe’s also presented a check for $1,000 to New Horizons Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate, to recognize Lowe’s relationship with Habitat. Lowe’s also will make a donation to New Horizons to equal the value of any Lowe’s gift certificates purchased at the store on grand opening day, Thursday, up to $5,000.
Also at the event were Americus Mayor Barry Blount, Lowe’s employees and management, representatives from Habitat for Humanity International and New Horizons Habitat and other local officials.