Well, Lubbock dodged a bullet this time. I love my friends at Lowe's and was actually hoping they'd open another location in town.

Apparently, Lowes is in that "re-evaluated our business model" mode, because they announced Monday morning that they're closing 51 stores. Thankfully, most Texas stores are spared; only one, in Irving, made the list.

The U.S. actually did well on the list, with only 20 of the 51 locations closing here. The rest are located in Canada. Here's the list of U.S. stores that are being closed:

1100 Bankhead Hwy SW, Graysville, Ala.
26501 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, Calif.
13300 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, Calif.
720 Dubuque Ave., South San Francisco, Calif.
750 Newhall Dr., San Jose, Calif.
48 Boston Post Rd., Orange, Conn.
1333 Schaefer Rd., Granite City, Ill.
7735 Grand Ave., Gurnee, Ill.
6221 US Hwy 6, Portage, Ind.
5770 Read Blvd., New Orleans
599 Thomas Burgin Pkwy, Quincy, Mass.
4274 E Court St., Burton, Mich.
2100 T.A. Mansour Blvd., Flint, Mich.
2015 Bassett Dr., Mankato, Minn.
11974 Paul Mayer Ave., Bridgeton, Mo.
3180 N Hwy 67, Florissant, Mo.
2008 Broadway, New York
635-641 6th Ave., New York
250 South Conestoga Dr., Shippensburg, Penn.
3500 W Airport Fwy, Irving, Texas

It's a weird time for businesses in the U.S. You'd think that in uncertain times, do-it-yourself type stores would be a little more stable than other retailers. I guess maybe the closures have to do with competition or something because I can't imagine buying wood over the internet.

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