By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Lowe's hardware store on Winchester Avenue is only about five years old, but the hardware giant is planning to close it and open a Lowe's Home Improvement Center twice its size by next summer.
"They must be happy in Martinsburg," said James Cochrane, the president of Resource Consultants & Developers Inc. of Parkersburg, W.Va. He said his firm is developing the project in a joint venture with T&F Properties of Aiken, S.C.
The store will be on 27 acres on Route 45 at the South Queen Street interchange and would have 600 parking spaces. Last month, RCDI submitted a sketch plat for the project. Cochrane said a preliminary plat with all the required civil engineering plans, such as stormwater management, will be submitted to the Berkeley County Planning Commission next month.