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Lowe's to open in Mill Basin on July 23
By Michèle De MeglioTuesday, June 22, 2010 6:11 PM EDT
Lowe’s is coming on July 23.
The home improvement giant will open its doors on the site of Kings Plaza’s former outdoor parking lot, located on Avenue U and E. 55th Street.
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 29 and will feature an appearance by former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, according to Lowe’s spokesman Gerard Littlejohn. Instead of the standard ribbon cutting, the store will stage a board-cutting ceremony, during which workers will saw through a plank of wood bearing the Lowe’s logo.
We broke the news to Mill Basin residents who were glad to hear that after months of construction, the store is almost ready to welcome customers. Lowe’s will occupy 94,000 square feet, create 120 jobs and maintain a waterfront promenade accessible to the public.
“Oh good!” squealed E. 53rd Street resident Connie Lenzo. “I’m kind of anxious for them to open.”