By Jill Ralph. The Home Depot has been busy creating a space to sell lawn and garden products. Its first landscape supply store debuted in August, and two others opened in September — all three in the Atlanta area. Set up to accomodate professional landscapers as well as avid home gardeners, the five-to-seven acre stores have separate entrances that lead to displays tailored to the needs of each group. Three more stores are scheduled to open after the first of the year in the Dallas metro area.

Meanwhile, The Home Depot has set its sights really low: on floors, specifically new-home floors. The retailer is in the process of acquiring three flooring companies: Floors Inc.; Arvada Hardwood Floor Company; and Floorworks Inc. Together, the three companies have relationships with 17 of the top 20 home builders in the nation. Upon completion of the deal, The Depot will be among the largest turnkey suppliers of flooring to the residential construction market.

"Our target is the $12 billion of flooring material and services annually consumed in new-home construction," says Jim Stoddart, division president of Home Depot Supply, a branch of the business dedicated to serving the professional contractor. Published in BIG BUILDER Magazine, November 2002