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The Home Depot Expands Distribution in Southeast

“OK, now hand me the duct tape.” (Photo: iStock/Rawpixel)

Maybe you’re a do-it-yourselfer. Or, more likely, the pandemic has turned you into a reluctant DIY’er. (Our advice: You can’t have enough duct tape and super glue in your tool kit.)

Or, maybe you’re a pro who is being called in to fix all those DIY projects gone awry.

In any case, The Home Depot is responding to customer demands by juicing up its supply chain in the Southeast. The retailer announced today that it will open three new distribution centers in Georgia in the next 18 months.

The largest will be a 657,600-square-foot distribution center in Locust Grove, Ga., whose purpose will be to keep stores stocked up to meet growing demand for “flexible delivery and pick-up options for pro and DIY customers,” The Home Depot said in a statement.

“Retail has changed more in the past four years than in our company’s 40-year history,” said Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain development and delivery. “Customers expect to shop whenever, wherever and however they want — whether they’re buying a hammer or a pallet of pavers. We’re investing to meet the changing delivery needs of our DIY and pro customers, whether they’re at home, at their job sites or picking up in the store.” 

The Home Depot’s announcement was no flash in the pan-demic. In 2017, the retailer rolled out a $1.2 billion expansion of its distribution network with approximately 150 new supply chain facilities nationwide. The goal was to reach 90% of the U.S. population with same-day and next-day delivery.