October 27, 2010
T-Minus Two Days (And A Decade In The Making) For Lowe’s In SF
After an eight year battle to build a Home Depot on the former Goodman Lumber site, Lowe’s swooped in and signed a lease. And now a year and a half later, it’s just T-minus two days until the Lowe’s on San Francisco’s Bayshore Boulevard opens its doors on Friday.
∙ Home Depot Bayshore (San Francisco): Let’s Get Ready To Rubble! [SocketSite]
∙ Home Depot "You Can Do It We Can Help" Irony: Lowe’s Now In Line [SocketSite]
∙ Let’s Build Something (On Bayshore) Together: Lowe’s Signs A Lease [SocketSite]
First Published: October 27, 2010 6:00 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Yes! Will be there this weekend.
Posted by: Michael at October 27, 2010 9:35 AM
This is a win win situation for everyone and there needs to be more situations like these in SF. An highly underutilized lot vacant and vandalized gets new life with commerce and jobs. Neighboring businesses thrive to serve the new Lowes and their employees and customers.
Hopefully the voters will vote in more pro-business, anti-big government politicians after the elections. I would like to see more businesses enter the City, not more vacant storefronts and lost jobs for the next 10 yrs.
Posted by: Live Smart at October 27, 2010 10:58 AM
Great news! Good to have some real business in this city besides cupcake and cereal shops. Hopefully this will result in more sales tax revenue staying within the city.
Posted by: sfrenegade at October 27, 2010 11:02 AM
Can't wait to drop my tax dollars into SF rather than SSF. So glad to see developments like this in my neighborhood. Now if we could convince Target and Safeway to come this way as well...
Posted by: yeediddy at October 27, 2010 2:52 PM
Yayy! Good news for Bernal. Trader Joes next, please.
Posted by: Snark17 at October 27, 2010 3:03 PM
Inadvertently, the NIMBYs did us a favor in putting off Home Despot in favor of Lowe's =)
Posted by: kaya at October 28, 2010 10:21 AM
Not a fan of big box. But I'll check it out. SF needs a home supply store and it beats having an empty lot.
Posted by: Wai Yip Tung at October 28, 2010 11:13 AM
What's the story here? How did Lowe's wind up with the store instead of Home Depot.
I remember visiting the Home Depot in Colma a few years ago (during the battle). They had an intriguing model of the special Home Depot they were going to build for SF in order to win support. Looked quite cool.
Now, we have a Lowe's (same difference), but it's quite bland. Seems like we lost out on something nice.
Posted by: John at October 28, 2010 1:43 PM
Other than lower end appliances there is nothing the Lowe's will have that wasn't already in a 3 block radius of that site. I hope this doesn't take too much business away from those stores.
Posted by: sparky-b at October 28, 2010 2:10 PM
the existing home improvement stores down there stink. bad selection, poor layout, opaque pricing at best.
this reminds me of when Busvan's when out of business. lots of SFers crying for them. but anyone who ever shopped Busvan's knew Ikea kicked their ass 10 ways to sunday on inventory, price, and yes, service.
sometimes the mom & pop shop death is darwinian and shouldn't be fought.
Posted by: hub-da-hub at October 28, 2010 2:20 PM
I could not disagree more.
Posted by: sparky-b at October 28, 2010 2:44 PM
John: Lowe's came in after Home Depot pulled out during the financial crisis.
Posted by: Dan at October 28, 2010 3:00 PM
"Now, we have a Lowe's (same difference), but it's quite bland. Seems like we lost out on something nice."
I always found Lowe's the better store. Lowe's has better selection and better prices, whereas Home Depot seems more about style than function.
Posted by: sfrenegade at October 28, 2010 3:36 PM
This is Good news. However, many builders and DIYers, including myself, prefer Home Depot. It's unfortunate that Home Depot did all the Leg work to get this location approved and then had to back out due to economic reasons. The City and certain members of the Board of Supvrs, appeals and planning are to blame for screwing HomeDepot. My guess is that those of you who prefer Lowes are not Builders? or Anti-big-box store people that despise HomeDepot? There is still going to be a lot of SF folks driving to and spending their $ in Colma. On the plus side, It's a huge improvement to the old Goodmans store. Just my .02
Posted by: EsEf Gerard at October 31, 2010 11:54 AM
I'm all for free enterprise, but I'm with sparky-b that local suppliers are needed. If you are in the industry and want service then both BLowes and Home Despot suck IMO. Nothing I can't get better and for the same price from either local suppliers or over the Internet if I need to order something unique or special. These big box stores are really for DIY'ers.
Posted by: Skirunman at November 1, 2010 12:08 AM
"Other than lower end appliances there is nothing the Lowe's will have that wasn't already in a 3 block radius of that site. I hope this doesn't take too much business away from those stores."
Agreed, but I'm not worried. The local places around there have much better selection, and generally much better prices. Lowe's is great for a quick run to grab a 2x4 or some solder when you're trying to finish a project at 6pm, but it's not going to replace the local places for the vast majority of us who use them.
Posted by: R at November 1, 2010 9:30 AM
lowes and homer have excellent landscaping depts. and a one year guarantee on all plants. the service is good, delivery is available and the prices beat the sh**t out of the local competitors.
otherwise, for other products (say, electrical or plumbing)the local competitors have no fear.
Posted by: anonee at November 1, 2010 9:43 AM
"However, many builders and DIYers, including myself, prefer Home Depot."
It would be strange for a builder to prefer Home Depot to other suppliers, as Skirunman and R said. Builders don't necessarily need/want their stuff all in one place. Even a lot of serious DIYers will go to local places instead of big box.
Posted by: sfrenegade at November 1, 2010 9:47 AM
What are folks' favorite local stores in the area?
Posted by: Dan at November 1, 2010 12:15 PM