Lowe’s sign arrives, Salem City Council makes announcement – Mayor Randy Foley and the other four members of Salem City Council watched in amazement early Oct. 29 as Greg Homer of Atlanta piloted an Aircrane helicopter to lift 22 HVAC units – each weighing about a ton – on top of the future Lowe’s building in Salem.
A few feet away a two-sided Lowe’s sign sat in the grass, waiting to go up at the corner of West Main and Fourth streets.
It’s official. Lowe’s is coming to Salem. The 117,000-square-foot retail store, plus 31,600 square feet of garden center, is scheduled to open “sometime between February and April,” said Developer Dick Wilkinson, and will create up to 175 new jobs.
The City of Salem agreed to give Wilkinson’s firm a $3-million-incentive from future sales tax revenue for up to the first 10 years. Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess explained the city provided the incentive because of the up-front costs associated with developing the property which, in the early 1900s was the Leas-McVitty Tannery. The tannery operation left behind a legacy of contaminated soil that had to be removed before site development could begin.