The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer with more than 2,200 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico. The company was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah. Headquartered in Cobb County, GA, The Home Depot is a publicly traded company which acquired Aikenhead's home improvement centers in Canada and Total HOME in Mexico. In 2006, the company extended to China by acquiring The Home Way, a 12 store chain. Currently The Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States offering the biggest assortment of appliances, bath, building materials, decor, doors, windows, electrical, flooring, kitchen, lighting, fans, lumber, outdoor items, paint, plumbing, storage, tools, hardware and much more.
The company invented the "do-it-yourself" concept and also offers tool rentals, how to guides, workshops, project guides, buying guides and more. From its inception, The Home Depot partnered directly with industry-leading manufacturers in its effort to deliver the most exclusive selection of products to customers. By offering a wide range of national brands and proprietary products like Ryobi tools, RIDGID tools, BEHR paint, LG appliances, and Toro and Cub Cadet lawn equipment, the company has become the one-stop destination for innovative merchandise for not only the do-it-yourselfer but also the professional contractor. The Home Depot offers the following delivery options: Standard Shipping, Standard Plus Shipping, Expedited Shipping, Express Shipping and Cost Saver Shipping with final delivery made by U.S. Postal Service. The company also offers Buy Online, Pick Up In Store Service on most orders. Home Depot accepts payments via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Home Depot Consumer Card and Home Depot Commercial Card), PayPal, gift card and store credit. In store you can pay with all of the above mentioned payment methods as well as cash or check.