Scottsdale on Monday ceremoniously welcomed a new Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, one city officials are counting on to further revitalize the southern portion of the city.
Although residents had been shopping at the store since it opened its doors at 5 a.m. Saturday, Monday’s event marked the advertised grand opening for contractors and other commercial customers and featured a short “board-cutting” ceremony outside the store with the mayor, council members, and city and store employees.
A handful of customers on Monday morning walked down the aisles of the new 183,600-square-foot store at McDowell and Hayden roads as signs in English and Spanish directed customers to neatly stocked shelves.
South Scottsdale resident Marilyn Shaughnessy, who was shopping in the garden center Monday on her first trip to the store, was pleased to have Lowe’s so close to home.
“This is a 100 percent improvement from what it was,” Shaughnessy said.
The home-improvement warehouse replaced an aging K-Mart store that had been at the site since the late 1960s. It closed a year ago.
Store sales manager Jo Beaudry said residents have called and even showed up at the store over the past month as preparations were under way.
Mayor Mary Manross touted the opening of Lowe’s, the construction down the street at SkySong, the opening of the city’s new senior center and a streetscape project as signs of revitalization along McDowell Road.
“If someone is still a skeptic or there are any doubters that revitalization is happening, clearly it should be dispelled,” Manross said. “Lowe’s is going to bring further investment along the south Scottsdale corridor.”
Scottsdale has recently completed streetscape improvements along McDowell between Hayden and Granite Reef Road, and also further west between 64th Street and Scottsdale Road.
The portion fronting Sky-Song, a high-tech research center, is scheduled to be built before that project’s first commercial building opens this summer.
SkySong is a collaboration among Scottsdale, the Arizona State University Foundation and private developers.
The official public grand opening for Lowe’s is set for Thursday.