Waterford - Lowe Carting & Recycling is moving its business to Waterford from New London. The company's owners purchased a house at 998 Hartford Turnpike, or Route 85, last month, which the owners say will give the business more visibility.
"For a small business to get this opportunity is like winning the lottery twice on the same day in the same state," co-owner Tony Lowe said Monday.
Lowe and his wife, Kim, started the business in 2003 and have been looking to purchase property for years. Their business has three main components: dumpster rentals, junk removal and residential trash pick-up in towns where the service is not provided by the municipality.
The new property is near Crystal Mall and big-box stores Home Depot, Target and Sears.
"Everybody in southeastern Connecticut shops here, this is where we shop and if you want to touch the people here in southeastern Connecticut, women in particular, then this is the place you want to be," Tony Lowe said.
They purchased the 1,500-square-foot property on Aug. 30 for $148,000. The plan is to use half of the two-family house for the company's office and to rent out the other half to another small business, Lowe said.
They will level trees, an old chicken coop and concrete foundations on the property to pave a parking lot for truck storage.
"We are on Route 85 and there are over 30,000 cars that pass by; those 30,000 cars are our customers," Lowe said.
Part of the purchasing agreement included cleaning out the previous homeowner's junk, which was piled up all around the house and reached six feet high. They removed four tons of material, he said.
But junk removal is one of the main components of their business, and in "a lot of the cases, there are hoarders," Lowe said.
Tony Lowe grew up locally and the Lowes, after living and working in New York City, moved to Stonington.
"We work hard every day," Kim Lowe said. "What is exciting for us is that the American dream still does exist."
They are in the process of branding their seven-person business but say that their personal connections with people in southeastern Connecticut will help them grow. They plan to add two more employees and open an office in New Britain after leaving the office spaces they lease in New London and Norwich.