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About us - A story of how Lowes Tubeland start

About Us

The Story of Lowe’s Tubeland
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Lowe’s Tubeland was established in 1971 by two retired Ft. White locals, Roy and Thelma Lowe (Papa and Granny Lowe). Thelma was a long time resident of Ft. White. Born in 1918, she could recall going swimming down the Ichetucknee on hot summer afternoons with her brothers and sisters after chores were done on their farm. The original Lowe’s Tubeland was started on the corner of the Lowe’s property on Elim Church road under the pecan trees and had only 20 old rubber tubes. For the first few years of the business every dollar made went towards building their inventory and saving for a store building. After saving up, the Lowe’s purchased a great location on the corner of Elim Church/County road 238 and State Road 47. Today, the Lowe’s Tubeland they built on that piece of property is known as the “Corner” to the staff and family. The Corner is the largest tube shop of four Lowe’s Tubelands.
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As the business grew it remained a family tradition for the kids in high schools to work summers and retired family members to help run. When Roy passed away in 1990, Thelma’s sons helped her keep the business running. During 1998 the original Lowe’s (the first shop opened by the Lowe’s house) burned down, leaving just the Corner location. Over the next 14 years Thelma’s sons grew the family business by acquiring two new locations leased by vendors and one more owner owned Lowe’s Tubeland. Lowe’s began using plastic and vinyl tubes instead of the hot and heavy black inner-tubes as well. In July 2011 Thelma, at age 92, passed away. She left the business to her youngest son Billie Jo Harper (Bill).
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Today Lowe’s Tubeland is one of the largest tube vendors for the Ichetucknee River and is still family owned and operated. Bill supervises, Linda (Bill’s daughter) manages the financial side of the business, and Bill’s grandkids, Kristyn and Tyler, work the river. Our staff has been with us for years and includes quite some colorful characters.
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We pride ourselves on offering great service that is fast friendly, informational, and convenient. We offer individual rates as well as group rates. Next time you’re thinking about going down the Ichetucknee river, stop by and see us!