While reading through my Google Reader feeds, I happened upon a post with Robert Niblock’s contact information. Robert is the ” First Vice Chairman, Chairman, President & CEO” of Lowe’s Corporation. I decided to email him.
But I wasn’t emailing to complain. Rather, I was emailing to praise Lowe’s. Here was my email, with some identifying information edited out:
Subject: Cheers to Lowe’s
I found your email via consumerist.com. I just wanted to say that I actually enjoy shopping at Lowe’s, specifically when compared to Home Depot. The stores are always clean and well laid out, the workers are helpful and courteous, and the prices are usually better. I just wish that Lowe’s was closer to us in Rockville, MD. The closest is in The Kentlands in Gaithersburg, MD, which is about x miles away. In comparison, the Home Depot is only about x miles away. Sadly, I must give them my business due to time constraints and the cost of the extra gas. I wish there was a closer, more convenient Lowe’s to the xxxxx zip code!
And just 9 minutes later, I got a response from ole’ Bob’s blackberry:
From: Niblock, Robert – Robert A
Micheal, thanks for your feedback. We will continue to try and get a store more convenient to your home. Take care.
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld
He actually spelled “Michael” wrong, but that’s ok. I can understand how his thumbs might be tired after probably receiving a few hundred emails already, thanks to The Consumerist. Honestly, I didn’t expect any email back, although I WAS hoping for a coupon (hint, hint). Looks like I will have to settle for my Home Depot for the time being until a Lowe’s is built closer to me.
I really do like shopping at Lowe’s, just like I said in my email. I’ve visited about 5 different Lowe’s across 4 states, and probably the same number of Home Depots, and the comparison is always the same between the two. But my father-in-law explain it to me that Lowe’s is more for professional contractors who know what they want, need fast access to it, and don’t tend to carry stuff around needlessly and drop it wherever they want. Home depot is, well, the opposite.
What are your thoughts on shopping at Lowe’s? What about Home Depot?
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