Home Depot

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The Home Depot is an Atlanta, Georgia-based "big box" home and garden retail chain. The company, founded in 1978, entered the Birmingham market with three stores which opened in 1995. The company now has 11 stores in central Alabama and over 2,200 in North America and China. The current chairman and CEO is Frank Blake.

When the first Birmingham stores opened, they each took spots near an existing Home Quarters Warehouse. The first was near the Galleria 10 theater at the Riverchase Galleria. The second was at Eastwood Festival Center. That store had originally been proposed for the site of Lawson Field, but engineering questions arose. The third location opened on a site near the Flintridge Building in Fairfield, lured by $1 million in infrastructure improvements pledged by then-mayor Larry Langford.

In 2000, Home Depot offered the city of Homewood $2.8 million for 12.12 acres the city owned between Green Springs Highway and Columbiana Road, just south of Oxmoor Road, so they could build a 130,000-square-foot store on the property. Residents opposed the purchase and the Homewood Planning and Development Committee asked the City Council to reject the proposal. Edgewood Town Center, anchored by Publix, was later built on the site instead.

The company opened a 600,000 square-foot Home Depot rapid deployment center at the JeffMet McCalla industrial park in November 2009.



  • Anderson, Jon (March 17, 1994) "Home Depot plans 3 Birmingham stores: Riverchase, Fairfield, Eastwood sites chosen." Birmingham News
  • "Homewood Residents Tell Company, 'No Home Depot'" (August 15, 2000) Birmingham News. Page 3-B.
  • "Homewood Planning Board Against Home Depot Plan." (August 25, 2000). Birmingham News. Page 4-C .
  • Cooper, Lauren B. (November 18, 2009) "Home Depot opens McCalla distribution center." Birmingham Business Journal

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