Lowe’s connecting customers to home improvement professionals

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Jan. 22, 2014

Lowe’s Cos. is partnering with a home-improvement network company to connect the store’s customers with local professionals, according to a news release.

Seattle-based Porch, established in 2012, gathers local home improvement data from more than 1.5 million professionals and 90 million projects, the company said. It has partnered with Lowe’s and is introducing its network in 139 North Carolina, S.C. and Seattle area stores. Twenty-one stores in South Carolina will have access to the Porch network.

Porch has partnered with Lowe’s and is introducing its network in 21 S.C. stores. (Photo provided by Lowe’s Cos.)
Porch has partnered with Lowe’s and is introducing its network in 21 S.C. stores.
(Photo provided by Lowe’s Cos.)

Lowe’s employees will be able to help customers connect to professionals — such as handymen, painters, plumbers, interior designers, electricians and landscapers — that are not currently available through the store’s installation program. Porch’s network will be accessible on mobile devices and in-store terminals, Lowe’s said.

“By partnering with Porch, Lowe’s can help our customers achieve their home improvement dreams by providing them with the confidence of knowing who their neighbors have used successfully and benefit our professional customers by providing them greater opportunities to grow their businesses,” Jay Rebello, vice president for new business development and corporation innovation at Lowe’s, said in a statement.

Lowe’s pro customers may join the Porch network for free, and a premium pro membership is available.

Matt Ehrlichman, CEO of Porch, said finding the right professionals should be easy.

“Lowe’s customers can not only buy high-quality products to make their home improvement projects a reality, they can connect directly with local professionals their neighbors have used,” Ehrlichman said in a statement. “With the complement of services Porch and Lowe’s will deliver in 2014, there has never been a better time to love your home.”

Locations with access to Porch network

Lowe's of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lowe's of N Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lowe's of S Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lowe's of Easley, S.C.

Lowe's of Greenwood, S.C.

Lowe's of Simpsonville, S.C.

Lowe's of Greer, S.C.

Lowe's of Anderson, S.C.

Lowe's of South Florence, S.C.

Lowe's of Florence, S.C.

Lowe's of Seneca, S.C.

Lowe's of Conway, S.C.

Lowe's of N.W. Greenville, S.C.

Lowe's of Greenville, S.C.

Lowe's of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Lowe's of Gaffney, S.C.

Lowe's of E. Spartanburg, S.C.

Lowe's of Spartanburg, S.C.

Lowe's of Hartsville, S.C.

Lowe's of S. Anderson, S.C.

Lowe's of Clemson, S.C.

Addresses

1160 Seaboard St.

214 U.S. Highway #17 North

8672 Highway 17 Bypass

6068 Calhoun Memorial Highway

513 Bypass 72 NW

3958 Grandview Drive

1370 Wade Hampton Blvd. W

3515 Clemson Blvd.

1701 Freedom Blvd.

2301 David H. McLeod Blvd.

195 Bilo Place

2301 Highway 501 East

1900 Poinsett Highway

1131 Woodruff Road

170 Rainbow Lake Road

1601 West Floyd Baker Blvd.

2079 East Main St.

120 E. Blackstock Road

819 South Fourth Street

408 Highway 28

608 Issaqueena Trail

Source: Lowe’s Corporate Public Relations

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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