Lowe’s to rebuild North Carolina store destroyed by tornado

Mooresville, N.C. -- Lowe’s will rebuild its store in Sanford, N.C., that was demolished by a tornado April 16, the company announced Thursday.

Lowe’s will tear down what is left of the remaining building, which has been condemned, and build a new facility on the site, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb. The chain hopes to re-open the store this fall.

The tornado that hit Sanford ripped off most of the Lowe’s building’s roof and flipped cars in the parking lot. Lowe’s said it will offer all 160 of its Sanford employees jobs at four other Lowe’s stores in the area. The company also will be providing transportation for employees, many of whom had cars damaged by the tornado. Details are being worked out, but possibilities including running vans from Sanford to other nearby store locations.