Posts Tagged ‘home depot’

Lowe’s Home Improvement Finally Opens in San Francisco – Anchoring the Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Well, the former Goodman’s Lumber finally has a new occupant and it’s up and running.

Finally.

Get all the deets of this morning’s grand opening celebration, below.

MAYOR NEWSOM JOINS BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT LEADERS AND NEW EMPLOYEES FROM COMMUNITY TO OPEN LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT ON BAYSHORE BOULEVARD
New Lowe’s Home Improvement & Company’s Commitment to Local Employment Boosts Bayview Hunters Point Economic Development and Anchors New Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Bayview Hunters Point community leaders and new employees from the community for a grand opening celebration of Lowe’s Home Improvement at its first San Francisco location at 491 Bayshore Boulevard. The brand new store, the former site of Goodman Lumber, has 80,000 square feet of retail space, 11,000 of which is a garden center tailored to the California climate, and will stock over 32,000 products. Mayor Newsom and community leaders also praised the company for its commitment to hiring local members of the community, boosting the economic revitalization of the new Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District and creating new local jobs.

“Today we celebrate not just the opening of a new store, but new hope and a new commitment to the economic development and jobs for the people of the Bayview Hunters Point community,” said Mayor Newsom. “Bayshore Boulevard has served as a vital home improvement commercial corridor in San Francisco for decades, and this new Lowe’s will foster the growth and revitalization of the neighborhood and boost our local economy.”

Lowe’s has been committed to supporting the community, both through their corporate donations and local hiring practices. Approximately 312 construction jobs were generated by the Lowe’s development project and of those jobs, about 126 constructions jobs were filled by San Francisco residents with nearly 60 positions by Bayview Hunters Point residents. In addition to construction jobs created, permanent retail and administrative positions were produced to ensure a well staffed store. The Lowe’s team on Bayshore consists of 210 employees and, of those employees, 185 members of the team are San Francisco residents with 81 team members who are residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

For more than 60 years, Lowe’s has been providing home improvement shoppers with a wide range of home improvement products. Lowe’s has also continued to give back to the community. To date, Lowe’s has committed $100,000 to the San Francisco Day Laborer Program, $50,000 to San Francisco’s Adopt-A-Tree Program, $5,000 to Clean City Coalition’s Tool Lending Library, and $1,000 to Thurgood Marshall High School. In addition to these contributions, Lowe’s will host a Gift Card Match Day, during which customers can purchase a Lowe’s Gift Card and Lowe’s will match purchases of gift cards up to $5,000 to support Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s next building project.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Announces the California Disaster Corps

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Looks like Arnold is doing something besides those photo-ops these days.  

Not that he’s not good at photo-ops, like this one from a few years back. Anyway, here’s what he’s up to today:

Governor Schwarzenegger Launches First-in-the-Nation Disaster Corps

LOS ANGELES, June 25 — Governor Schwarzenegger today launched the first-in-the-nation Disaster Corps to professionalize, standardize and coordinate highly trained disaster volunteers statewide. Disaster Corps volunteers will be registered by their local government organization under the Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program and will meet Disaster Corps training, typing, certification and security screening guidelines.

“California is always leading the way and now we are the first state in the nation to integrate volunteers into our state emergency plan,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Volunteers are an incredible resource, and no state has more giving, more passionate or more dedicated volunteers than California. Together, we will take volunteerism to a whole new level and make California better prepared and better equipped than ever before, for any emergency.”

In the aftermath of the 2007 Southern California Wildfires and Cosco Busan Oil Spill, thousands of disaster volunteers poured into affected areas to assist with evacuations, sheltering, clean-up and a host of other activities supporting response operations. Governor Schwarzenegger recognized the need to more effectively integrate and coordinate disaster volunteer efforts in all phases of emergency management, from disaster preparedness to disaster response and recovery. In February 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Karen Baker to serve as the state’s and also the nation’s first secretary of Service and Volunteering and charged her office with the development of the Disaster Corps.

All the deets, after the jump

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Is Famous Cole Hardware a Local Store, a Chain Store, or Something In Between?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I don’t really get why San Francisco doesn’t have a Home Depot or a Lowes or what  have you. We’ll probably get one next year of course, but part of the reason why we haven’t had one up to now is opposition from beloved Cole Hardware.

As seen in Cole Valley. What do you see?  

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What’s the relationship betwixt Cole Hardware and the national Ace Hardware Co-op with billions dollars in sales? Don’t know. When you buy a hammer at Cole Hardware, does that get included in Ace’s claimed $3 billion in annual sales? Don’t know.

Ace can afford to hire spokespeople like former Oaklander John Madden, so that allows for a national brand and that has allowed Ace to become the “Savior of Main Street“? Really?

(Ace was famous for dropping Suzanne Somers as a spokesmodel back in the day because a goofy photo of her surfaced and then was used for a waterski company’s ad. Here’s the PG-13 version (oddly Photoshopped, for some purpose) and the here’s the R-rated Full Monty, though it looks more like something from an especially joyful mammogram, which she probably could have used at the time as she’s now a breast cancer survivor. Speaking of which, don’t “have a discussion with your doctor” when you turn 40 ladies, just demand your mommygram, that’s it, no discussion needed, to Hell with any federal task force. Speaking of local, poor Suzanne was kicked out of USF (nee Lone Mountain College for Women) for getting preggers back in ’64. What a different world it was back then. But I digress…)

How many Cole Hardware stores would have to open before it would be considered just another despised chain store? Don’t know.

And I don’t know what’s up with the 12 felony counts in that alleged procurement scam.

So, I’m not seeing a black-and-white issue here. I’m seeing charcoal grey and ash grey and medium grey and honestly, I’m not seeing a whole bunch of diff between Cole’s and Lowe’s.

Just saying, get your hammers and mouse traps wherever you wish, of course. I don’t care.