The History of The Home Depot
The first stores, at around 60,000 square feet each, were cavernous warehouses that dwarfed the competition and stocked 25,000 SKUs, much more than the average hardware store at that time. Today, The Home Depot stores are even bigger - an average 105,000 ft² (9,755 m²) in size and are organized warehouse-style, stocking a large range of building supplies. Home Depot's largest store is located in Anaheim, California.
Today The Home Depot operates in every US state, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and China. It claims to be one of the fastest growing retailers in US history, going from the first two stores in 1979 to 100 stores in 1989. It expanded into Canada, Mexico and China initially by buying chains of stores. The HOME DEPOT has forms part of the DOW Index and has traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 1984 (public on the NASDAQ from 1981 to 1984).
Distinctive Elements at The Home Depot
The Home Depot's logo and company color is bright orange. Orange is seen on signs, equipment and employee aprons. The Home Depot's extensive use of orange is a similar strategy to John Deere's iconic green color.
The Home Depot exclusively carries several major brands, including:
- BEHR Paint
- Chem-Dry (carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout services)
- G.E. (water heaters)
- Homelite (outdoor and power tools)
- Martha Stewart Living (outdoor furniture, indoor organization and decor products)
- Ryobi (power tools)
- Sur La Table
- Thomasville cabinetry
- Hampton Bay (Ceiling Fans and Lighting)
- HDX (A new Home Depot Brand starting in February 2012)
- Cub Cadet lawn equipment
The Home Depot Collectibles
Since the company is much younger, The Home Depot does not have a long collectible history like Ford Motor Company has. Therefore the two big areas for Home Depot themed collections are in racing cars and the many uniquely designed Home Depot gift cards the chain has issued. Here are some of the collectible items with Home Depot branding.
These are just two of the many The Home Depot gift cards that are available.
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The most interesting gift could be a share of The Home Depot itself. You can actually give an actual registered share of Ford stock to your loved one or colleague. The single shares have the share owner's name printed on the certificate and are electronically signed by The Home Depot, Inc company officers. The shares can be framed in a variety of styles, and if you want a little custom plaque can be added below the certificate.
Real stock certificates are the gift that keeps on giving. As a registered shareholder, your Home Depot enthusiast will get Annual Company Reports and dividend checks quarterly (when dividends are declared). They can vote on company business by mail, online or even attend the annual general meeting and see company executives speak and report.
Also as a registered shareholder of the company they can join the dividend reinvestment and stock purchase program which is a good way to increase their stock holdings. OneShare sells The Home Depot single shares for the market value of the actual share, a transfer fee, and the frame, plaque and shipping cost.
Other Corporate Gift Articles Of Interest
John Deere populorized green before the environmentalists. With a long history of collectible Deere products, Deere and Company is an American icon. Nothing runs like a Deere!
The Ford Motor Company is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. There a very active collector market for Ford branded items among the many loyal Ford enthusiasts of the world.
One of the Big Four US banks, the Bank of America operates in every state in the union. The product of many mergers and takeovers, today the Bank of America is one of the stongest banks in the country.