The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer.
The Home Depot stores sell a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement and
lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. The Home Depot stores average
approximately 105,000 square feet of enclosed space, with approximately 24,000 additional
square feet of outside garden area.
As of December 31, 2009, it had 2,244 The Home Depot stores located throughout the United
States, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands
and Guam; Canada; China; and Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is
based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Home Depot is the fastest growing retailer in U.S. history. In 1981, the company went
public on NASDAQ and moved to the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. The 1980s and 1990s
spawned tremendous growth for the company, with 1989 marking the celebration of its 100th
store opening. The company arrived in Canada with the acquisition of Aikenhead’s home
improvement centers in 1994, and it began flying its flag proudly in Mexico in 2001 through the
acquisition of Total HOME. In 2006, the company extended its reach to China by acquiring The
Home Way, a 12 store chain.
From the beginning, The Home Depot developed strategic product alliances directly with
industry-leading manufacturers to deliver the most exclusive assortments to customers. Through
combination of national brands and proprietary products like Ryobi® tools, RIDGID® tools,
BEHR® paint, LG® appliances, and Toro® and Cub Cadet® lawn equipment, the company sets
the standard for innovative merchandise for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional contractor.