The Righetti High School’s marching band and a special home improvement store tradition marked the official grand opening Thursday of Lowe's in Santa Maria.

The marching band kicked off the grand opening ceremony with its rendition of the song “The Final Countdown,” before Mayor Pro Tem Jack Boysen sawed through a piece of lumber with the Lowe’s logo and Thursday’s date painted on it.

“Anyone can cut a ribbon, but as a home improvement retailer it makes perfect sense that we would hold a board-cutting ceremony to honor our new store opening,” store manager Jason McNutt said Thursday morning.

The new 94,000-square-foot store -- which has 13 product categories from appliances and tools to lumber and nursery products -- is the third to open in the highly-anticipated Enos Ranch development.

Though the Oct. 19 grand opening ceremony marked the official start to Lowe’s in Santa Maria, the store has been open since last Thursday.

“This store represents a $20 million investment for Lowe’s, but this store will also mean big returns for Santa Maria. This Lowe’s will not only meet the home improvement needs for residents here, but it will bring a boost to the local tax base,” McNutt said.

The new home improvement retailer brought about 140 new jobs, most full-time positions, to the city, according to McNutt. 

During Thursday’s ceremony, Boysen thanked Lowe’s for opening the store in Santa Maria.

“We thank you very much for your commitment and investment in the city of Santa Maria. We know that you had a lot of other choices. We promise that we will do everything we can to make you prosper in your investment in us,” Boysen said.

The new Santa Maria store joins more than 2,300 Lowe's stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and local shoppers will join the more than 17 million customers Lowe’s serves each week.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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