Lowe’s store on McMullen Creek Parkway in Pineville.
Lowe’s store on McMullen Creek Parkway in Pineville. Mark Hames Charlotte Observer
Lowe’s store on McMullen Creek Parkway in Pineville. Mark Hames Charlotte Observer

As the retail and sports business reporter for the Observer, Katie Peralta covers everything from grocery-store competition in Charlotte to tax breaks for pro sports teams. She is a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame.