Lowe’s Home Improvement opened its doors Thursday morning to customers and contractors eager for supplies for their next project.

The new 94,000-square-foot store is the third retailer to open in the highly anticipated Enos Ranch development.

The large home improvement center opened a week before its planned grand opening event set for 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Unlike other such events, instead of cutting a ribbon, officials will cut a piece of lumber to signify the ceremonial opening.

The first 200 customers to visit the new store Thursday will receive a free Lowe's gift pack, valued at more than $100. The store will open at 6 a.m. 

The business, which is new to Santa Maria, has 125 employees. Store officials said that 90 percent of its workforce is local.

The new store joins more than 2,300 Lowe's stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Local shoppers will be a part of the more than 17 million customers Lowe’s Home Improvement serves each week.

The store has 13 product categories, ranging from appliances and tools to paint, lumber and nursery products.

Lowe's will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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Last month, warehouse store Costco Wholesale and restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings opened for business at Enos Ranch.

Work is ramping up on the west side of Bradley Road, where the next businesses are expected to open, including Urbane Café and Chick-fil-A. The southwestern portion of the development will be home to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Old Navy.

The retail portions of the development are expected to be complete by March 2018.

Construction then will begin on space for new car dealerships and a 300-plus unit apartment complex. Both will be at the northern end of the development.

Enos Ranch also will be home to a new city park, which will feature the historic Enos family ranch house, where the development gets its name.

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

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