Apparently the state of the economy is more powerful than our crossed fingers. Ever since we visited the Home Depot Design Center in Charlotte last fall we’ve been wishing and hoping that one would eventually come to Richmond. But now our dream has been bludgeoned to death thanks to the fact that Home Depot has just announced that it’s not only not going to add new Design Centers but will also be closing all of the existing ones as part of a just announced 7,000 job cut nationwide. Along with its two Design Centers, Home Depot will be also closing its 34 EXPO centers and five YardBIRDs stores. Major bummer, not only to the shoppers but also to those who have lost their jobs.
At least all of the regular Home Depots will remain open, so our weekend routine is safe for the time being. Does this news affect any of you guys more directly? Will anyone be missing their regular trips to their local EXPO or Design Center? And what the heck is a YardBIRd store? If anyone has ever been to one of those five rare Home Depot haunts, fill us in on what we’ll never get to see.