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A new Lowes just opened around the corner from me in Toronto, Grand Opening today, Bryan Baeumler was giving a presentation, short funny but interesting talk, Q&A session, then autographs. I didn't stay for the autograph, too many in the line, wandered around the store, much nicer and a better selection than the local Home Depot or Rona store.
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On Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:00:26 -0500, FrozenNorth

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On 1/12/2013 6:48 PM, Dave wrote:

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On Saturday, January 12, 2013 3:00:26 PM UTC-8, FrozenNorth wrote:

I find Lowes cleaner and better organized and stocked. It is more geared to the home owner, more typical retail. Home Depot is a bit more geared towards contractors. At least in my experience and pretty consistent acros the dozen or so different store sites I frequent.
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On 1/14/2013 4:19 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

today, Bryan Baeumler was giving a presentation, short funny but interesting talk, Q&A session, then autographs. I didn't stay for the autograph, too many in the line, wandered around the store, much nicer and a better selection than the local Home Depot or Rona store. -- Froz... The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.

the home owner, more typical retail. Home Depot is a bit more geared towards contractors. At least in my experience and pretty consistent acros the dozen or so different store sites I frequent. That's the way it is here also. Besides, being better organized, the Lowe's closer to me is frequented during the daytime more by local DIY soccer moms, who are infinitely better to look at when trying to find a pipe fitting, than by dirty leg subcontractors.
Can be a downright delightful experience in the summer ... ;)
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On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:27:03 -0700, Swingman wrote

I always value Lowes over the Despot because you could get those 10% coupons in the 'moving kits' at the post office. When doing big projects, I'd stock up at the local post office and save a few $100 in the process. I'm sure I've saved a few grand over the years.
Of course now they discovered what I was doing and the moving kits only contain a code you enter at their web site to get the coupon emailed to you.
It only works once, then you have to get creative in creating new email accounts.....
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On 1/14/2013 5:19 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

today, Bryan Baeumler was giving a presentation, short funny but interesting talk, Q&A session, then autographs. I didn't stay for the autograph, too many in the line, wandered around the store, much nicer and a better selection than the local Home Depot or Rona store. -- Froz... The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.

the home owner, more typical retail. Home Depot is a bit more geared towards contractors. At least in my experience and pretty consistent acros the dozen or so different store sites I frequent.

Sometimes one has better stuff than the other.
Lowes is brighter, but choice is not necessarly better, it just depeneds on what you are looking for.
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On 1/14/2013 5:31 PM, woodchucker wrote:

if I have a choice it is always Lowes.
However my favorite store is not in the Carolinas. I loved Menards, and shopped there all most exclusively even though it was significantly further that the Lowes or Home Depot.
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On 1/14/2013 4:19 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

today, Bryan Baeumler was giving a presentation, short funny but interesting talk, Q&A session, then autographs. I didn't stay for the autograph, too many in the line, wandered around the store, much nicer and a better selection than the local Home Depot or Rona store. -- Froz... The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.

the home owner, more typical retail. Home Depot is a bit more geared towards contractors. At least in my experience and pretty consistent acros the dozen or so different store sites I frequent.

I agree to some extent. I am finding that location location location has a lot to do with how each appears. Two years ago my wife and I move to a more upscale part of town. The Home Depot in that location was a shock to me. Cleaner and the employees more helpful than any other HD or Lowe's that I have been in.
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THEY'RE (lowes, hd, menards...) all the same and THEY'RE CRAP. No quality, very little knowledge -- the little girl stocking hardware didn't know what a stove bolt was. NO quality at all especially lumber. Lowes ran both ACE and True Value out of business here. Now Menards is going to build across the street from Lowes. MORE CRAP. I HATE EM ALL. thank you I do feel much better now. BUT THEY"RE STILL CRAP.!!!!
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On 1/14/2013 6:32 PM, I HATE BIG BOXES wrote:

Thanks for you ignorant replay.
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On Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:32:40 GMT, I HATE BIG BOXES

Hey, don't hide your feelings. Tell us what you *REALLY* feel.
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On 1/14/2013 5:19 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

today, Bryan Baeumler was giving a presentation, short funny but interesting talk, Q&A session, then autographs. I didn't stay for the autograph, too many in the line, wandered around the store, much nicer and a better selection than the local Home Depot or Rona store. -- Froz... The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.

the home owner, more typical retail. Home Depot is a bit more geared towards contractors. At least in my experience and pretty consistent acros the dozen or so different store sites I frequent.

opening day, there would be something very wrong, much brighter too. I didn't need anything in particular that day, so I can't speak to the stock levels directly, but what I saw looked good, it will take a few trips over a bit to form a better/different opinion.
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On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:19:44 -0800, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

At least in my area, the Lowes stores seem to have employees who know at least a little more about what they're selling than Home Depot. At least when I ask for something they seem to know what it is and where it is :-).
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On 1/15/2013 11:47 AM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

It can sure be location dependent. The Home Depot in N Austin, TX, East of 35 and not that far South from RM2222, has some of the most construction knowledgeable young ladies I've ever experienced in any Borg. A couple of them have more general construction knowledge than most subs. Since Austin is a college town, my guess is that they're either Architect or Industrial Arts majors.
Overall, and unlike most Home Depot locations here, Lowe's employees seem to generally be smarter than the cash registers.
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My local Lowes and Home Depot are mostly interchangeable. They carry most of the same items, though Lowes does focus a bit more on "presentation" with nice displays. Home Depot tends to have items in generic boxes with tiny labels. :)
I don't care much for the organization at Lowes though.
Pouring footings for a deck or something? The concrete mix and metal brackets are on the left end of the store. Anchor bolts? They're clear on the other side of the store in the hardware section.
Installing a drainage system for your gutters or yard? The fittings and drains are on the left end of the store in the plumbing section. If you want the perforated drain pipe, you have to go to the other end of the store, outside in the garden area.
Tiling a floor or wall? The tiles and mortar are at the back of store. Cement or Hardibacker are at the front of the store with the plywood.
Most shopping trips for a project require walking back and forth from one end of Lowes to the other to get the items you need. Home Depot tends to group similar items together (not always!) so it's quicker to get in and out when you're working on a project.
Also, Home Depot rents tools. Lowes does not.
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On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:25:03 AM UTC-8, HerHusband wrote:

Well, I know from my marketing and business education that grocery stores are laid out in this fashion on purpose. Milk at the back of the store. Meat at one end. Vegtables at the other end. Raging debate if you should have some aisles all non-grocery or to mix the non-grocery among necessary grocery. It keeps changing over the years. They want you to have to walk the whole store. I wouldn't put it past someone as big as Lowes to try and "help" their customers notice more things they might like to buy.
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For the most part I'll agree with your "Milk at the back of the store. Meat at one end. Vegtables at the other end." description.
However, there is a huge chain where I live that added a cooler section right near the front of the store for milk, eggs, butter, and a limited number of other staples. You can grab a gallon of milk and walk less than 20 feet to the 10 items or less checkout. The rest of the dairy department is in the farthest corner of the store.
The theory: If they can get you to think that you can get in and out when you need just a couple of things, but also find everything you need when you need a lot, then they've set themselves up to be the only place you'll buy your groceries from. They'll be the only place you think of whether you need a lot or a little - even if the next time you need just a few things that aren't even by the front door. The marketing tactic that I hate the most in the "slow down and look" tiles as you enter the front door. They put tiles with huge grout lines that cause the cart to rattle, shake and make a lot of noise unless you slooooww waaaayyyy down, thus increasing the chance that something will catch your eye.
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"DerbyDad03" wrote:

lines that cause the cart to rattle, shake and make a lot of noise unless you slooooww waaaayyyy down, thus increasing the chance that something will catch your eye. ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds like something out of the lawyer's design handbook to keep an unattended cart from rolling out of the store and into the parking lot and hitting a customer vehicle.
Retailers with carts have been busy installing strips that are about 36" wide that contain round discs that capture the cart wheels, keeping carts out of parking lot across the entire front of the store.
This has been going on for a couple of years here in SoCal.
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No, in the design I'm thinking off, it it specifically to slow the shopper down.
Here's an excerpt from 'What Your Supermarket Knows About You"
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http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/21/what-your-supermarket-knows-about-you /
"After driving for nearly two hours, I reached my destination: a huge, imposing warehouse, with no outward signage, and a vast parking lot full of cars. A friendly receptionist checked my identity, had me sign all sorts of paperwork, and directed me through a door labeled Control Room. It was massive, and resembled images Ive seen of NASAs operations area row upon row of people staring intently at hundreds of screens, only they were monitoring shoppers pushing carts around the aisles of a supermarket that had been designed to test their responses to different marketing strategies. Take a careful look at this lady, said one of the monitors, pointing to a middle-aged woman on the screen. Shes about to enter our latest speed-bump area. Its designed to have her spend 45 seconds longer in this section, which can increase her average spend by as much as 73%. I call it the zone of seduction.
This particular section of the market was different from the usual aisle. For a start, it had different floor tiles a type of parquetry imparting a sense of quality. And instead of the cart gliding imperceptibly across nondescript linoleum, it made a clickety-clack sound, causing the shopper to instinctively slow down. The shoppers speed was displayed at the top of the screen, and as soon as she entered the zone, her pace noticeably slowed. She began looking at a tall tower of Campbells soup, and then plucked a can off the top. Bingo! The sign in front of the display read: 1.95. Maximum three cans per customer. Before the shopper slowly sauntered off, she had carefully selected three cans for her cart."
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