This list of home improvement retailers of the United States is not intended to be completely exhaustive and will not include local mom and pop shops, but it will include multiple regional stores that are likely in your area and community. Take a look and see if some of the names are new to you and then check them out online, so you can see if the prices are cheaper than what you’re used to seeing. If you are into online shopping, you will find that many of the stores on this list are available online, and one is only available via the internet.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot is located in all 50 states, making it a true national powerhouse with well over 2,200 stores globally. In fact, they are the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, so they have stores all over the place. Since the company was founded in 1978, it has experienced incredible growth, do at least in part to competitive pricing and quality merchandise. If you need to remodel a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or need new flooring or windows, you can find it all at The Home Depot for an affordable price. The list of US home improvement retailers would not be complete without including the largest one of them all. Interestingly, Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons was one of the cofounders of the company, which helps to explain its Atlanta, Georgia roots.
I have been to multiple Home Depot stores and have always been impressed. They are clean with wide aisles and have good pricing. The company is growing, so if there isn’t one in your area right now, there very well could be a short time down the road. As with most major sellers, there is an online website, where you can make purchases and have them delivered. Take a look and see what you think; I don’t think you will be disappointed in the selection, name brands, or price.
Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse
Often just called Lowe’s, this company has a rich history that dates back to 1946, when it was founded in North Carolina. With over 1,700 stores in the United States alone, they are the second largest on the list. You can find some of the best brands and some store brands at all of their stores.
As you check out the shelves, you’ll see brand names like Kobalt, Valspar, Surface Source, portfolio, and Harbor Breeze for tools, ceiling fans, paint and other items. With so many stores in the nation, it is easy to see why you probably have a Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in your area. They are known for wide, easy to walk through aisles and clean stores, which makes them a great choice as you look to build or remodel.
Despite just being a regional retailer, located in the Midwestern United States, they have etched a great reputation in the industry for providing quality items at very cheap prices. This is actually privately owned, so to some extent, it is a mom and pop shop. Of course, with over 260 stores in 13 states, Menards is not your run of the mill tiny retailer. They truly are a giant.
Because I live near the corporate headquarters, there are multiple stores within an hour drive of my home, making it my favorite place to shop for this kind of merchandise. I can personally attest to the cheap prices at the stores and have often found their prices on non-home improvement items, like household goods, to be very competitive and sometimes better than major corporations like WalMart. It has become one of my favorite places to shop for lumber, appliances, flooring, hardware, and just about anything else I can come up with for home repair.
Primarily a flooring store, Empire Today focuses on carpeting, installed by appointment. While carpeting is the main attraction, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and ceramic flooring are also sold, along with window treatments. The company is somewhat different as it takes sales appointments and offers next day installation of their flooring products.
When the company was founded way back in 1959 in Northlake, Illinois, it was called Empire Carpet. Over the years, as new product lines were added, the company made a switch of their name to better represent their products. While they only operate in 45 North American Metropolitan areas, they are still a major player in the industry.
One of the few major online home improvement retailers in the United States of America is build.com. The company has a short history, which is to be expected from an online retailer. The company had very humble beginnings back in 2000, but has grown to have multiple sites, all basically rolled into one. Handle sets, faucets, venting pipes, and door pulls and lighting can all be purchased from Build.com, as they can ship anywhere in the nation. This makes shopping from them very convenient. With affordable prices and quality merchandise, the company is well-known as a good one.
With 5 consecutive JD Power and Associates awards for being number one in customer satisfaction, this company knows how to treat consumers. There are more Ace Hardware stores than any other on this list. With over 4,400 stores with headquarters in Illinois, this company has plenty of stores, so there is probably one near you.
While the stores have been losing sales over the last several years, there have not been nearly as many stores closings as you would expect. According to Wikipedia, sales still top 3 billion dollars annually, so it quite a lucrative business. As a frequent shopper at these stores, I personally view them as more of a convenience stop. In general, the prices are not quite as good, but the staff is helpful and knowledgeable. I have run into very few instances of sales items being out of stock, something that seems to happen quite often at other stores.
There are some other home improvement retailers in the United States, but these are the major players in the industry.