Lowe’s is opening in what was a Food Emporium, at 68th and Broadway. And it’s just the first Lowe’s in Manhattan. There’s another new location under construction to open this fall, at Sixth Ave. and 19th in Chelsea, in a former Barnes & Noble store.
According to the New York Post, the two city-sized reportedly will be a test format for for other urban stores around the country.
The merchandise and services at this UWS Lowe’s reflect its urban customer base, which is vastly different than suburbia. Some of what you’ll find, besides the lack of a huge parking lot:
- A garage department that focuses on sporting goods such as bike racks rather than lawn mowers;
- Appliances built for smaller kitchens like an 18-inch dishwasher and a 24-inch, two-drawer fridge;
- A storage department offering removable closet organizers;
- Interior designers who make house calls.
- Same-day delivery for $21 and next-day delivery for bigger items, many of which come from suburban locations.
Lowe’s will be competing against several larger Home Depot stores in Manhattan, in Chelsea and the Upper West Side, along with any number of family-owned neighborhood hardware stores. Those include my own UWS go-to favorites, Grand Metro, at Broadway between 95th and 96th Streets, Gartner Hardware on West 72nd St., and Gracious Home, one block away from the new Lowe’s, at 67th and Broadway.