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New Lowe's sign to sport western look

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

The City of Bandera Board of Adjustments recently approved a variance to the municipality's sign ordinance.

Executives with Lowe's food stores had earlier asked the city to allow them to erect a new sign in the parking lot at the same height of the present sign. The matter was taken up by the board of adjustments during a meeting on Wednesday, August 29. Vice President Alan Buxkemper, a Lowe's regional manager, represented the grocery chain at that time.

After discussions ended, the board approved allowing the sign to remain at the same height; however, the square footage of the sign will be reduced. In keeping with the town's stated cowboy brand, a western font will be used in the verbiage. Additionally, while a smaller sandwich shop will remain under the Lowe's sign, the Crawford Pharmacy sign will be removed.

Emails to the pharmacy's corporate headquarters asking for confirmation that the pharmacy chain had been sold went unanswered by press time.

However, Gaye Taylor, a Lowe's executive assistant in Littlefield, the corporate, noted in an email, "The pharmacy is still under lease."

Crawford Pharmacy opened in the then Super S in 2008.

Lowe's had purchased the local food store, located at 907 Main Street, from the financially troubled Super S group in March 2011. Lowe's, which now operates groceries throughout Texas, as well as in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado originated in West Texas.

Members of the board of adjustment include William "Bill" Bryce, Susan Burke, Mason Clark, Denise Griffin and Linda James. Burke cast the "nay" vote in the board's 4-1 decision to approve the request for a sign variance.

According to City Secretary Linda Boshek, Lowe's did not indicate when the new sign would be installed.