One of the last hurdles has been cleared for a Lowes Home Improvement store to locate on Evansvilles north side. The City Council approved a 10-year tax abatement to help the hardware chain move into the old Shopko building on First Avenue near Diamond. The store will employ more than 100 people when it opens. At least one person asked the council to just say "no". John Bassemeier says Lowes would open a store on the north side even if the council refused to give it a tax break. He also says the break is unfair to smaller businesses in the area.