Lowe's Looks to South County

By Mitch Traphagen  (mitch@observernews.net)

RIVERVIEW - If all goes to plan, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse may be the first of the two giant home centers to enter south county.

According to Harry Lerner, president of the Westshore Development Group, Lowe’s has agreed to build a 170,000 square foot store at the proposed Riverview Town Center near U.S. 301 and Gibsonton Drive.

"Construction will hopefully begin at the beginning of next year," said Lerner.

Representatives from Lowe’s corporate headquarters refused to confirm or deny plans for a Riverview location, citing company policy of not commenting about sites before construction begins.

Additionally, Lerner is also in negotiation for a large office supply store and for restaurants to be housed in a 52,000 square foot building adjacent to the planned Lowe’s on the 46 acre parcel.

Lerner is citing the rapid growth along the U.S. 301 corridor for the increased commercial interest in Riverview.

"Most of those projects (along U.S. 301) were approved in the 1980s but nothing happened until recently," he said. "Now we can start seeing the rooftops."

According to Lerner, there has been a very positive reaction from the community for the proposed Riverview Town Center. "Everyone wants Riverview to take a step up," he said. "I think people should start thinking about that area as downtown Riverview again. Stay tuned, things are in the works."

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