Home Depot: the world’s largest home improvement retailer
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With more than 2,200 stores across North America–1,981 of them in the U.S.A.–Home Depot is what we think of we need anything and everything for home improvement.
When Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank founded their hardware store in 1978 that they called, The Home Depot, they had no idea that they were revolutionizing the home hardware retail concept.
On June 22, 1979, the founders opened their first two Home Depot stores in Atlanta, Georgia. At 60,000 square feet each and shelves stocked with 25,000 products, the two warehouses made the competition seem fairly insignificant.
Today, their associates number a whopping 400,000 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and their 2,200 stores are interconnected online to offer more than one million products for the DIY customer, professional contractors, and services for those customers who want someone to do the work for them.
More than just a hardware store
The Home Depot stocks everything you could possible want or need to maintain or upgrade your home. From lumber and nails to picture hangers; washers and dryers to lamps and lighting; grass seed and lawn mowers to Christmas decorations for indoors and out. And, of course, paint and rugs and blinds and shower curtains, tools and…well, you get the idea.
There is a Home Depot located about five minutes from our house and we couldn’t imagine starting a home improvement project without first visiting the store. A few years ago, my husband and I installed a heavy mantel on our brick fireplace. Thinking that we had everything we needed to complete the project, we plunged in, head on. About ten minutes into it, we realized that our drill wasn’t going to be powerful enough to do the job, so my husband made his first (of three) trips to Home Depot to rent the right tool. Next we proceeded to drill the holes, only to discover that we didn’t have big enough screws (trip number two). Back to Home Depot. We finally got the mantel installed, only to realize that we needed plugs to seal the screw holes in the brackets (trip number three). Of course, I had already been to Home Depot before we started the project to buy the stain and top coat for the mantel (that would make it four trips, I guess). We did get the job done and it looks beautiful! Thanks, Home Depot.
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