Yolanda Meijer, Habitat for Humanity Victoria CEO, accepts a $5,000 donation from Lowe’s representatives Malcolm Parks and Peter Devries during the store’s grand opening celebrations in Langford. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Lowe’s officially opens its doors in Langford

Grand opening celebrations continue into the weekend

After 16 weeks of rennovations Lowe’s officially opened its newest location in Langford Thursday but celebrations continue into the long weekend.

The store is the second in Canada to open under the new Lowe’s store model and was converted from the former Rona Home and Garden centre.

“I’m so excited to transfer to the Lowe’s family,” said store manager Peter Devries, who has lived in Langford for 30 years and worked at the store under the Rona banner.

“Every single worker was offered a position with Lowe’s … it was very important to Lowe’s and Rona,” Devries noted, adding a number of employees were promoted or transitioned to full-time employment with the move.

During the transition, roughly 30 new jobs were created and in total the store employs 160 permanent employees with an additional 30 seasonal positions.

“There’s been so much growth and expansion on the West Shore and we’re excited to be a part of that,” Devries added. “The reaction from the public has been phenomenal, they love the new product offerings and the new look.”

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