UPPER WEST SIDE — The big-box home improvement store Lowe's is opening the first of its two locations in Manhattan next week, the company said.
The store on Broadway at West 68th Street will take over the space formerly occupied by Food Emporium, which closed in May 2013. Nearby residents had lobbied hard for the space at 2008 Broadway to become another food store.
A company spokeswoman could not say which day next week the store would officially open. West Side Rag previously reported it would not open until September.
Lowe's is also opening a location in Chelsea at 635 Sixth Ave., at 19th Street, this September, the spokeswoman added.
The Upper West Side Lowe's will cover roughly 30,000 square feet, which is about a quarter the size of its suburban locations, the spokeswoman said.
The store will feature eight different sections ranging from remodeling and repair equipment to paint and storage.
To accommodate New Yorkers, the location will sell cleaning supplies that fit in small spaces, as well as small appliances like 24-inch refrigerators and 18-inch dishwashers.
The store will also feature a potting station and plants meant for balconies.
The new concept is "a mashup of a neighborhood hardware store and a remodeling studio crafted for connected urbanites," according to Bloomberg.
The opening of the Broadway location will mark the brand's first foray into Manhattan. There are two existing Lowe's stores in Brooklyn and another on Staten Island.