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Lowe’s grand opening set for Thursday in Silverthorne

Paige Blankenbuehler
Summit Daily News
Summit Daily/Paige BlankenbuehlerSherly French peruses the faucet display on opening day at Lowe's in Silverthorne for the soft opening Aug. 9. The grand opening is set for 10 a.m. Thursday.

Differing slightly from a typical ribbon-cutting ceremony, using a power saw, Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop will mark the grand opening of Lowe’s in Silverthorne with a board-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The grand opening is a three-day celebration beginning Thursday and extending through Saturday, providing opportunities for people to win prizes, chat with local vendors and join in the excitement of the new store.

Alongside several vendors and food from the Dillon Dam Brewery, Lowe’s will raffle five $100 prizes every day from today through Saturday. On Friday, Lowe’s will raffle off one $500 prize.

“Winners of the raffles will be allowed to pick whatever they want in the store up to a $100 value, or $500 if they are the lucky winner on Friday,” said Doug Cousino, Lowe’s store manager.

Summit County Habitat for Humanity will also be stationed alongside vendors Thursday to sell Lowe’s gift cards. From the gift card sales, Lowe’s will match up to $5,000 toward funding for local build projects.

The home-improvement store opened its doors officially to the public Aug. 9. According to management, the local turnout has been “incredible.”

“I used to work at a smaller Lowe’s store,” Cousino said. “This location is on the other side of the spectrum – it is very large, fast paced and we have thousands of people coming through daily.”

Lowe’s starting success has Cousino optimistic for growth.

“This is an exciting store – we have already exceeded our sales goals in opening week and customer traffic has been constant,” he said. “I anticipate having to expand staff to better serve the community.”

Along with raffles, music, a host of vendors and food, Lowe’s will donate a large sum to a local charity.

“We are not revealing who the charitable organization is but we are donating $20,000 toward a good cause,” Cousino said.

Lowe’s staff and management will reveal their beneficiary Thursday at noon.

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