Lowes Home Improvement
Lowe's Home Improvement is the store I visit when I have a home improvement emergency. There is a Lowe's Home Improvement store about two miles from my house. I prefer Lowe's over Home Depot, because the Lowe's store is cleaner and better organized. There may be better Home Depot stores, but they are too far away from my home.
For all of my ordinary home improvement and hardware shopping trips, I go to Silverton True Value Hardware. The owners, Will and Betty, are old-time friends of mine. Their son, Don also works in the store each week. I love shopping at this traditional hardware store, because I can park within 10 feet of the door, and they stock some very unusual items. The store clerks at the Silverton store also are far more knowledgeable than any employee I have ever spoken with at Lowe's.
I go to Lowe's when the Silverton True Value hardware store is closed. I also will visit the Lowe's home improvement store for larger things that Will and Betty do not stock.
Pricing is an interesting point. Often I will get better prices when I go to Will and Betty's smaller hardware store. Having a small business myself, I also prefer to support other small businesses.
There is not a doubt in my mind that the Lowe's home improvement store near my own home is here to stay. But I will continue to drive a little further to visit with Will, Betty and Don. I also feel better when I open my wallet in their store. Try visiting a small hardware store near your home, and see if you experience the same great service I get at mine.