Home Depot celebrating 5th anniversary here

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By Jenny Hartley

Home Depot announced it was reducing 7,000 jobs at its high-end decor stores, but there are no plans to close Lancaster’s Home Depot.

Home Depot in Lancaster opened Jan. 29, 2004, and the store is celebrating its fifth anniversary here with several promotions.

Daisy Prosser, expeditor for the Lancaster store, said 12 employees who were there on Day 1 still work at the store. Prosser, a South Carolina native, is one of them. The store has 102 employees.

“We’re really excited about our birthday,” Prosser said. “I was here before the store even opened. It was just racks and pallets.”

The Atlanta-based Home Depot, the top home improvement retailer, announced Jan. 26 that it was shutting down its high-end decor EXPO business, impacting 2 percent of its workforce.

Store manager Eric Tweddle said he wanted to quell the rumor mill as Home Depot in Lancaster celebrates its fifth anniversary. He said several customers have asked him if the store here was closing.

“This store is going to be open for the foreseeable future,” Tweddle said. “We really appreciate everyone’s patronage over the past five years. This store is not going anywhere soon. I don’t want any false rumors that we’re going away.”

Tweddle said the 108,000-square-foot Lancaster store is successful because of the one-on-one relationships employees have established with customers. He said everyone knows each other by first name.

Today through Sunday, the store will have several specials to reward loyal customers. Tweddle and Prosser couldn’t elaborate, but say it will be worth the trip to the store.

“They’ll want to come by,” Prosser said. “It’s going to be good.”

On Feb. 12, the store will hold a contractor’s event, with about 10 different vendors showing off their products for sale.

Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.

Home Depot had sales of $77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $4.2 billion in 2007. The company employs more than 300,000 associates.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151