Our founders, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, forever changed the home improvement industry when they opened the first The Home Depot stores in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 1979.
The original stores stocked around 25,000 products and were attached to Treasure Island stores. Today, on average, The Home Depot offers 40,000 products and is approximately 105,000 square feet.
The Home Depot story began as a vision of warehouse stores filled from floor to ceiling with a wide assortment of products at the lowest prices. Associates were trained to give the best customer service in the industry.
The Home Depot grew to encompass stores in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama, within the first five years. The company has expanded beyond the orange box to include EXPO Design Center and The Home Depot Supply. The growth continues to this day, with more than 2,100 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The Legend, our company museum, chronicles the history of The Home Depot and illustrates the values that set us apart. The Legend opened in 1999 at the Atlanta Store Support Center. It is primarily an internal educational tool for The Home Depot associates, their families, vendors and stockholders. The museum is open to groups on a limited basis by appointment only. Please contact us at (770) 433-8211 for more information.
The Home Depot has a proud past and an even brighter future. We collect and archive materials from the early days of The Home Depot to the present. If you are a past or current associate of The Home Depot and have items you would like to add to our collection, please contact us at (770) 433-8211 for more information.