Lowe’s builds again in Vermont, North Carolina

Lowe’s Cos. said it will build new stores in Essex, Vt., and Indian Trail, N.C.

The Essex location, expected to open in the first quarter of 2009, will be the company’s second store in Vermont. The new store will have 103,000 square feet of retail sales space and an additional 20,900 square feet of garden center.

The Indian Trail store is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2008, with 117,000 square feet of retail, plus a 31,100 square-foot garden center.

The announcements followed similar announcements late last month for new stores in Batavia, N.Y., and North Nashville, Tenn. -- both expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Lowe’s, with some 1,575 stores, has stated its intention of opening 120 new stores in 2008.