Suspect foiled by wrong receipt
A suspected thief who took a $299 backpack blower from a Florida Lowe’s and then tried to return it for cash was arrested on June 14 when he presented the wrong store receipt.
According to a story in the St. Petersburg Times, Aaron Phillip Piquette walked out of the garden center of a Lowe’s store in New Port Richey, Fla., with the blower and later returned seeking a refund. But the receipt he gave the store clerk was from Walmart. When Piquette tried to leave the store, he was detained by a loss prevention officer.
Police later found three oxycodone pills in the suspect’s wallet. Piquette told deputies he didn’t know how the pills got there.
Piquette was charged with retail theft and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Coming to Memphis: An all-brick Lowe’s
After two years of trying, Lowe’s finally received permission to build a 186,000-sq.-ft. store in the town of Collierville, Tenn., just outside of Memphis, according to an article in the Commercial Appeal .
Construction is set to begin immediately, with a projected opening set for the Christmas holiday.
The Lowe’s store will be built with mostly brick as per town requirement. The outdoor gardening area will be heavily screened.
Residences in a nearby subdivision opposed the project because of fears that entrances to the property would pour traffic into their neighborhood. New site plans have addressed those concerns.
Lehr, Fiskars ink partnership
Lehr, the new outdoor power equipment manufacturer that burst on to the scene with its propane-powered string trimmer last year, has licensed its technology to Fiskars, the two companies have announced. Lehr, which also makes blowers and lawn mowers powered by propane canisters, has granted an exclusive, worldwide license for lawn and garden tools based on proprietary technology to Fiskars.
Fiskars now plans to launch a new line of propane-powered lawn and garden equipment. The two companies, which made an official announcement in a press release on June 15, said they will continue to work together to design and expand the portfolio of propane-powered lawn and garden products offered by Fiskars.