The Story of Lowe’s Tubeland
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).
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.
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!