Lowe’s Hardware Remodels Offerings by Acquiring Online Retailer

In order to expand its offerings online, Lowe’s has acquired ATG Stores, a Kirkland, Wash.-based home improvement retailer that operates more than 500 Web sites, ranging from LightingUniverse.com to HandandPowerToolShop.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lowe’s said the 12-year-old company will continue to maintain separate branding and independent merchandising.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus