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Statesville City Manager Ron Smith has confirmed that Lowe’s Corporate is planning to move its aviation operations from the Statesville Regional Airport.

City officials first learned of the plans in a media report on Feb. 28, according to a news release from the City of Statesville.

A Lowe’s representative officially notified the city about the company’s decision to relocate to the Charlotte Douglas Airport after that report, the release states.

A meeting between representatives from the Mooresville-based Lowe’s and Smith has been scheduled for next week, after which the city will more thoroughly address the planned move, the release states.

“We were definitely caught off guard with this news,”  Smith said.

According to the release, Smith and Airport Manager John Ferguson reached out to Lowe’s officials numerous times earlier this year when “rumors” surfaced about the move.

“Our calls were never returned,” Smith stated in the release. “We were anxious to meet with them, and would have done as much as possible to keep them at the Statesville Airport.”

As to the potential impact of the move, that is still being discussed among city leaders.

“We will know a lot more once we speak with Lowe’s (officials). We are not taking this matter lightly,” Mayor Costi Kutteh stated in the release. “We believe the Statesville Regional Airport is the finest general aviation airport in the region and want to do whatever we can to keep that reputation. Our corporate tenants are very important to the growth of Statesville and we want them to know we are here to also help strengthen and grow their companies.”

Based on information from the Iredell County Tax Office, Lowe’s aircraft is valued at $54.3 million and the building at $7.5 million, the release stated.

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