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Lowe’s to open first Edmonton store Monday

BY HBSDealer Staff

An article in the Edmonton Journal reports Lowe’s officials sawed a board to launch the retail company’s first Edmonton-area store, which will open to the public Monday.

The store marks the Mooresville, N.C.-based retail company’s 25th location in Canada, and the fourth in the western province of Alberta. Two more stores will open in British Columbia in Regina and New Westminster, bringing the number of western Canada Lowe’s stores to six.

Home Depot and RONA both have locations within a few minutes drive of the new Lowe’s store in South Edmonton Common.

 

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Makita adds die grinder to its LXT cordless line

BY HBSDealer Staff

The latest addition to Makita’s LXT Series of lithium-ion-powered tools is the new cordless die grinder.

“With 25,000 RPM and 18 volts of lithium-ion power, it is another trade solution for pros working in plumbing, automotive, service and maintenance," said Ethan Haughawout, Makita product manager, cordless tools.

The new LXDG01 is powered by a Makita-built motor that delivers 25,000 RPM for faster grinding. The compact design with barrel grip weighs only 4.4 lbs., and the stepped neck makes it ideal for working in tight spaces. The slide switch has a lock-on for operator convenience, with vent slots designed to direct exhaust air away from the user. The LXDG01 also features a solid aluminum housing for added durability.

Since its introduction on Oct. 3, 2005, Makita’s LXT Series featuring 18V lithium-ion battery technology has been providing the professional end-user with more work solutions. Nearly six years later, there are more than 40 trade solutions in the LXT Series.

 

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Counterfeiter sentenced for ripping off Lowe’s, other retailers

BY Brae Canlen

A Missouri man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for using counterfeit money to buy a power drill at Lowe’s and then returning it for cash, according to an article in The Spokesman Review.

Anthony Lamar Thomas, 40, received a 21-month sentence in federal court on June 6 after making a plea deal with prosecutors for his role in the scheme, which involved an accomplice purchasing the drill with counterfeit bills last year, and Thomas returning the product shortly afterwards to a Lowe’s store in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution to 18 other merchants in neighboring communities that also received the fake bills. His female accomplice was sentenced in April. 

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