Lowe’s held its grand opening on Thursday last week, becoming the first home improvement store in Prosper.

The 94,000 square foot store is located off U.S. Route 380 just west of Custer Road. Store Manager Steve Mitchell said the store employs from 105–120 people during the year depending on the season. Most of the people hired to work at the store are from the surrounding community he said.

“We have a lot of the local folks who interviewed here,” Mitchell said. “No one was really brought in from other stores.”

Customers walking into the store may notice something different about this Lowe’s — this store is brighter than others.

“It’s the first Lowe’s that has got totally LED lighting,” he said. “You’ll see the floors have a new cement mix to reflect the lighting to give it an overall total brightness.”

Another addition to the store is a wider selection of design elements for the home.

“This store is a new prototype of Lowe’s,” Mitchell said. “You’ll find a whole lot of designing attributes to it, all the kitchen, bath and exteriors. We’ll have a team that does roofing, siding, gutters and desks.”

At the grand opening, Prosper Mayor Ray Smith was given the honor of sawing through the wooden ribbon.

Lowe’s also presented a check for $2,500 to the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.

Celeste Haidux Cox is the executive director for NCC Habitat for Humanity and said the money will be used to repair an elderly woman’s home, a part of the a Brush with Kindness Project.

The woman will receive a ramp, have siding repaired, new paint, and exterior repairs done to her home, Cox said.

Chamber of Commerce President Aaron McNeal expressed his excitement about the store.

“The fact that Lowe’s offers such a wide variety of products and services to the community, I believe that many of the residents ,if not most, will utilize it for fixing up their homes, just buying some paint here and there” he said. “I think it’s an excellent asset to Prosper.”

Store Manager Steve Mitchell explained that the store was supposed to hold a soft opening on Friday Jan. 6, but demand to get inside was so high that it was decided they would do a soft opening on Thursday as well.

“We really want to be a part of the community and help people love where they live and that’s our purpose for being here,” Mitchell said.