Lowe's is owned by Lowe's Companies, Inc. The first Lowe's store was opened in 1921 in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Company headquarters eventually moved to Mooresville, N.C. The company has retail stores throughout the United States as well as in Mexico, Canada and Australia.
Lowe's is second only to Home Depot in terms of the largest hardware chains in both the United States and the world. As of 2014, Lowe's has over 1,700 retail stores and over 160,000 employees. In addition to the retail locations, consumers can also purchase Lowe's products via the company website, which offers a convenient in-store pickup option.