Lowe's Home Improvement will rebuild its Sanford store that was severely damaged by a tornado Saturday evening. The Mooresville-based home improvement company had previously said it was not sure if the store would be rebuilt.
The Sanford store, which opened in 1998, has been condemned by the city, said Lowe's spokeswoman Karen Cobb. Demolition of the remaining structure will start soon, she said, possibly as early as this weekend. The company hopes to reopen the store before the end of the year.
The store's 160 employees, many of whom were heralded as heroes after ushering customers to safety in the back of the store during the storm, were all moved to other nearby Lowe's stores.