SOUTH BURLINGTON Construction on the building that will soon be the home of a Lowes home improvement store is nearing completion. The 120,000 square foot structure should open its doors in January. The company expects to hire 175 employees before the grand opening next year. Vermont will officially become the last state in the nation to host one of the companys stores, a process which took Lowes nearly seven years to complete. Construction was briefly halted three years ago when a dispute erupted over stormwater runoff. Construction resumed last year. Lowes is currently hoping to open a second store in Essex.