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Here's the most recent article and  LOWE'S UPDATE provided by My Mother Lode website. This is GOOD news for some. BAD for others. Many locals are uncomfortable with a larger company moving into Sonora, CA. They feel it may take business away from the smaller guys, bring more traffic, more people. And, it may very well do all those things.

On the other side of the issue is the fact that a large company, such as LOWE'S, does NOT just "come to any-town, anywhere," unless they've done their homework and they see growth. That could be good for all. If you're a long-time local, however, you're already sick of us city folks coming up and gobbling up your beautiful land. But, remember, we only do it because we LOVE it here, as you do. 

I for one hope, IF LOWE'S comes to town, it will NOT put a strain on the smaller business guys. I hope they can both survive and thrive to their fullest.   

So, I guess we'll wait while they continue hammering out the details.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsKat DeLong • September 04 2007 11:59AM


Let's welcome all.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 12 years ago
Lowe's also offers an excellent promotional program for Realtors through their partnership with NAR.
Posted by DDR Realty, Orange County NY (DDR Realty) almost 12 years ago
Kat, It is on logical that a big box coming to town will hurt the small independent local guy. You may want to team up with them and do some cross advertising to help both of your businesses grow. Good luck in Sonora.
Posted by Randy Lyon (Kettley and Company) almost 12 years ago

Derrick: Absolutely correct!

Randy: I so agree!

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 12 years ago
Kat, We have had Home Depot for a long time and a new Lowe's.  I'm sure it's hurt the local businesses that have been around so long but when I need some help, I will always go back to the locals who can take the time. 
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago
Kat - When a large store comes into town there will be changes, usually some of the smaller stores will go under.  On the other hand they do bring more employement opportunity which can be a good thing if such is lackig in the area.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 12 years ago

Carole:  I agree, the local, small businesses give us that "extra" special care when we go in.

Jennifer: There certainly is a list of pros and cons to any new changes that come to  town--I understand both side, for sure.

Thank you both, for stopping by

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 12 years ago

Kat, the invasion of the big box stores is inevitable once a community reaches a certain size.

It's happened here in Belleville too with stores like The Future Shop and Home Depot coming in and taking away a lot of business from the little guys.  Then again, it has also brought more affordable products for people on a budget and new jobs for the area there are silver linings in the clouds....


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 12 years ago
Jo: I agree with both the pros and cons. I know I will still buy from our smaller hardware stores, even after Lowes comes in.      But basically,  I think "we can all get along"   and help our towns grow in a positive way by offering a multitude of services and stores.   Something for everybody!
Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 12 years ago
Kat, even here in Miami, where we're no longer a "small town," we have the same issues.  There's good and bad in having one of big guys open up.  I use their "coming soon" signs as indication that the surrounding area will be growing rapidly.  Best of luck!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago

Kat, haven't visited you for awhile. Looks like you've been busy since this is the first post I could find. Small towns, in my experience, don't stay that way forever. We all want the conveniences without the crowds and yet to be in our "rural" areas. Doesn't last......... - Glitter Graphics

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago
You look very "buxom-bomb shell" in the top picture :) Roger and I are so etxiced about the Mississippi treats! Now that we are here, we miss being down there...not too much though
Posted by CommonlyFaked about 7 years ago