The Home Depot(R) Opens Culiacan Store
Home Improvement Specialists Ready to Serve Building Professionals And
Do-It-Yourselfers in New International Market
CULIACAN, SIN, Mexico, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Home Depot (NYSE: HD), the world's leading home-improvement retailer, today announced the opening of its Culiacan store, the company's 11th location in Mexico and third constructed store to open this year. "We've assembled an outstanding team of associates for the new location," said Ricardo Saldivar, president of Home Depot Mexico. "Almost all of the associates hired are from Culiacan and have undergone extensive training to serve the home improvement needs of local consumers. We are committed to providing our customers the best customer service in the home-improvement industry and the most extensive product lines at the most affordable prices." Additionally, Home Depot is further strengthening its position as a major home-improvement retailer in Mexico with the construction of a store in San Luis Potosi with an expected opening date of mid-December. Additional sites in Mexico are also under consideration for development next year. Serving both the do-it-yourselfer and professional customer, the new warehouse-style store will stock approximately 30,000 different kinds of building materials, home-improvement supplies, interior design products, plants and lawn and garden accessories across 11 departments. The Culiacan store will offer a PRO Desk with special services for industries, architects, professional contractors and builders. The major benefits of the PRO Desk are fast in-and-out service, a dedicated staff for personalized service, "in-stock" and job lot quantities for contractors, competitive prices and expanded credit plans with job specific billing. In addition, the store delivers items directly to job sites, or assembles orders for quick pick up by customers. The Home Depot PRO Desk accepts orders via fax and/or telephone. The Culiacan store will offer in-store, how-to clinics providing step-by- step instructions for many popular projects, including door installation and replacement, and flooring and painting techniques. Building professionals will find knowledgeable commercial sales people and services geared toward their specialized needs. The new store also has design centers staffed by professional designers who offer free in-store consultation for home improvement projects ranging from lighting to computer-assisted design for kitchens. Home Depot offers installation services of select products ranging from such single-items as carpet to more extensive projects as kitchen cabinets. Located at Blvd. Emiliano Zapata No. 1546 Pte., the new 77,000-sq. ft. store includes a 10,000-sq. ft. outside garden center and 20,000-sq. ft. building materials yard. The store's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In June 2001, Home Depot entered Mexico through the acquisition of Total HOME. The Total HOME stores in Monterrey and Mexico City were converted to Home Depot stores in March 2002. Earlier this year, the company acquired Del Norte, a four-store home improvement chain formally based in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. With these acquisitions, Home Depot became Mexico's second largest home improvement retailer in a home improvement market that is sized at more than $12.5 billion. Home Depot employs approximately 1,750 associates in Mexico and operates a division office in Monterrey directly supporting the company's stores in Mexico. Founded in 1978, The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2001 sales of $53.6 billion. The company employs approximately 296,000 associates and has 1,473 stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, seven Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company for the second year in a row was named sixth Most Admired Company in America by Fortune magazine, which has also ranked it as America's Most Admired Specialty Retailer for eight consecutive years. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X46423474RELATED LINKS
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