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Old 05-17-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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Lowes gas is open now. The parking lot in front of Lowes is full, I assume with stock people, employees that are training etc. It is a busy place. I did see signs in place for the nail and hair saloons.

I am sure that grand opening this Saturday will be a madhouse. I would kind of like to go see it, but I may wait a week or so.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:39 PM
 
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Credit card machines at the pumps don't work if you have a CC with chip??? Never heard of that.

Wife just got back from trying to fill up.

Ron W.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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Credit card machines at the pumps don't work if you have a CC with chip??? Never heard of that.

Wife just got back from trying to fill up.

Ron W.
EMV should be expanding rapidly across most fuel retailers.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:06 PM
 
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Used my debit card that is chipped with no issue.

Of potential interest, that I have not seen before, is a bar code scanner that is supposed to read your Lowes reward card. I use an app for all those cards because it got to be a pain carrying so many. I remains to be see if this bar code scanner will read the phone screen bar code. I know this will be a world wide hot topic but you saw it here first.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:03 AM
 
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OK... so I swore I would not do it the first day, BUT, I packed up the commandant and we headed over to the new Lowes' opening day festivities... we joined the "thousands" of other expeditionary forces doing their own recon missions. I must say that it is quite a nice place.... not EXACTLY Harris Teeter but right up there in that category. The "deli" and prepared foods were right up there, the fresh bread and bakery, the new and extensive salad bar, pizza, chicken, sushi, prepared meals of all kinds... lovely produce displays, the butcher shop area was also very nice with any kind of meats and fish and a new section just for a multitude of fresh sausages, hot dogs, etc and a grill area for them to make all kinds of hot sandwich with the sausages. The beer and wine area is also very nice with a large bar for tastings with MANY there and tasting "stuff". So IMHO it is a big success and a very welcome addition to the neighborhood..... going to "attempt" a brief actual shopping trip tomorrow as there were lines at every register aprox 1 mile long today...... perhaps it will die down a bit tomorrow... maybe not.
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:19 AM
 
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I ended up going, just to look around. Nice store even though some things can be pricey. And as far as looking around ..... I ended up buying a growler of beer, a tenderloin and some milk.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:06 AM
 
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I also stopped in to check out the new store. It was crowded and it is a nice store. I agree, a lot of their prices on basic items are "pricey". The beer area concept is really nice and their fresh meats are usually good quality. The salad bar looked fine, from a distance. On the negative side the prepared foods selection was less than I expected. Mostly sandwiches; salads and chicken dinners. I wasn't expecting Wegmans, but even upscale Korgers have a in store chef preparing nice dinners. I guess that is why the store doesn't offer a dine-in seating area? Then again, there are not a lot of "roofs" nearby. I am looking forward to the small Publix coming to OKI and hopefully a larger Publix in OIB.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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Well... to be perfectly frank.... while it is a nice addition to the neighborhood, here's the real situation, there are now two Lowes supermarkets..... one is exactly 3.6 miles from my house and the new one is 3.8 miles from my house, we are right in the middle between the two stores and both with NO lights in between. They both have almost EXACTLY the same food and other items, one is simply "brand new" with a Lowes gas station. In fact I made the decision to go to the old Lowes this morning for a few items and not brave / endure the mile long lines and crowds at the new store..... when those lines die down in the near future I will have the decision to drive the extra 2/10ths of a mile further to go to the new store..... the new store having a gas station with Lowes card perks may make a difference when I need gas but that's about it as a for a draw for me. I realize that everyone, including myself, would like a Wegmans or Harris Teeter to open up but that's obviously not going to happen... and since "MY" only reason to go to a supermarket is to get food and other items that I need and not hang out there all afternoon like in a Jersey mall, when the new Publix goes in on Oak Island it will be just about the same situation and the same items carried so to go there is actually a few more miles more but we'll give it a try when the time comes..... after all is said and done they all ARE just supermarkets.

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Old 05-23-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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Just a bit of info that might be of interest....

Short-term pain for long-term gain along N.C. 211 corridor | StarNewsOnline.com
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:50 PM
 
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Nice article stoney .... I few tidbits I didn't know.
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