The Home Depot Redefines The Home Improvement Shopping Experience With The Launch Of Its First Project Store



    - New Store Concept Set to Open December 13, 2007 -

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - The Home Depot Canada is changing the
way customers shop for home improvement projects with the opening of its first
project-orientated store on December 13 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The new
115,000-square-foot store has been redesigned both functionally and
aesthetically based on customer demand.
    The project store features a new layout that creates a more
project-oriented shopping flow; redesigned departments for greater access to
project information and expertise; inspirational showrooms; project-oriented
customer service; a new seminar area; online terminals for homedepot.ca
product orders; more than 40,000 products; a Tool Rental Centre, Installation
Services and an 18,000 square-foot Garden Centre.
    "The Home Depot has long been Canada's home improvement store, offering
the selection, expertise and value customers expect when completing their
projects. As the market leader in the industry, we are always challenging
ourselves to look for ways to improve our business for our customers," said
Annette Verschuren, president, The Home Depot Canada and Asia. "By listening
to those who shop our stores we developed an innovative project store concept
that is the next evolution in the home improvement shopping experience."

    About the New The Home Depot Project Store:

    The Home Depot Richmond Hill project store includes several new features
to enhance and simplify the customer shopping experience, while encouraging
customers to dream, design, build and complete their next home improvement
project. Specific additions include:

    
      -  A new layout that addresses the construction and décor needs of
         every project
      -  Redesigned departments featuring five dedicated Central service
         desks, including The Home Depot Central, Décor Central, Building
         Central, Garden Central and Contractor Central
      -  Project trained associates at each Central service desk who can
         assist customers through their entire project and with any
         installation services they require
      -  Six new showrooms that change with every season to inspire customers
      -  A new seminar area to enhance the learning experience
      -  Radio call boxes located throughout the store to address immediate
         customer service needs
      -  "We Can Help" stations to provide customers with access to a call
         box, tape measure, paper and pencils and promotional information
      -  New Electronic (E) Kiosks to provide customers and associates with
         the opportunity to access homedepot.ca, complete special order
         transactions, book installations, complete credit card applications
         and look up a price
      -  New signage to inspire customers and simplify their shopping
         experience
    

    The new project store is located at 10885 Street in Richmond Hill,
Ontario.
    By the end of January 2008, The Home Depot Canada will have added over 1
million square feet of retail space in Canada and created more than 1,300 new
jobs with the addition of 10 new stores throughout the year.

    About The Home Depot

    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer currently operating 2,227 stores, including
162 The Home Depot stores across Canada. In fiscal 2006, The Home Depot had
sales from continuing operations of $79.0 billion and earnings from continuing
operations of $5.3 billion. The Company employs approximately 350,000
associates, including more than 30,000 Canadians.





For further information:

For further information: Tiziana Baccega, Public Relations, The Home
Depot Canada, Phone: (416) 412-6570, Cell: (416) 409-6839,
tiziana_baccega@homedepot.com; Sheri Papps, Public Relations, The Home Depot,
Phone: (416) 412-4110, Cell: (416) 318-4479, sheri_a_papps@homedepot.com

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