TICONDEROGA Lowes is scheduled to open its store in Ticonderoga January 27, 2009. Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick announced that opening date in response to public questions about the progress on a store building located next to Wal-Mart on Wicker Street. When Lowes, headquartered in North Carolina, formally announced its plans last December to build a store in Ticonderoga officials said it would be open in late 2008. But while work started on the Ti site this spring, it has been sporadic, Dedrick acknowledged. The supervisor said he had spoken to Taylor McDermott, Lowes regional manager, who explained a new store in Albany is nearing completion. That store is getting company attention. Once that store opens, crews working in Albany will come to Ticonderoga and work on the local Lowes will commence in full force. McDermott said Lowes typically opens four new stores a year in a region. The Albany store will be fourth in the region in 2008, so the Ticonderoga store will become the first new Lowes of 2009 in the Northeast. Dedrick expressed concern about a new store opening in January. I told him (McDermott) what winter is like in Ticonderoga, Dedrick said. I told him if they open after Christmas they have rocks in their head. While its been common knowledge Lowes was coming to Ticonderoga for several years company officials had been before the Ti planning board, the Adirondack Park Agency held a hearing on its proposal in Ti and work had even started on the site adjacent to Wal-Mart on Wicker Street store officials had refused to confirm their interest in Ticonderoga until last December. Karen Cobb, a Lowes spokeswoman, said its the companys policy not to comment on proposed stores although she acknowledged it was no secret Lowes wanted to build in Ti. Lowes, the nations second largest home improvement retailer behind Home Depot, has 11,025 stores. Lowes builds one of two prototype stores at a location. In major metropolitan areas a 116,000 square feet building that costs $18.5 million is constructed. It creates about 175 jobs, Cobb said. In smaller markets a 94,000 square feet building that costs $12 is constructed. It creates about 120 jobs, Cobb said. In both cases there is an additional 30,000 square feet lawn and garden center constructed, she said.