September 2003

Big Box Bulletin

NFRC Arrives at Home Depot

According to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), its retailer tear sheets will soon appear in Home Depot stores across the country. NFRC says that Silver Line Windows will distribute the sheets through its existing channels.

NFRC tear sheets will soon appear in Home Depot stores. According to NFRC, the sheets are designed to provide useful information to homeowners, contractors and builders as they select the right windows, doors and skylights for projects. In addition to containing information about NFRC ratings, the sheets also describe the label and direct users to a website where they can download ratings for specific products.

“This is the best way for NFRC to get information to window buyers where they want it in the way they need it,” said Jim Benney, NFRC executive director.

Efforts are also underway to place the sheets in Lowe’s stores.

Home Depot Pays Big Bucks for Land
Atlanta-based Home Depot recently paid $10 million for a 10-acre piece of land in Nashua, N.H., according to a recent article in Business NH Magazine. 

“National and regional retailers continue to be attracted to [New Hampshire] cities offering population density and positive growth concerns, easy and safe accessibility from major highways and demographics indicating desirable disposable incomes,” real estate experts told Business NH. 

“New Hampshire is an attractive retail environment for one reason: no sales tax,” added Thomas Farrelly, senior director of the Manchester office of Cushman & Wakefield, an international firm offering commercial real estate services.

The Home Depot has 11 stores in Southern New Hampshire. The company decided against a Hooksett location because “of the prohibitive cost of developing that particular site,” said Shelley Schumaker, spokesperson for the company. 

The company is considering other locations in that area and possibly a Littleton, N.H., location, which “certainly would draw us to the area, but at this point we don’t have a signed contract on any particular site in that area,” she said.

Residents Vote Down Home Depot
San Juan Capistrano, Calif., residents recently “voted down two ballot measures that would have let Home Depot and a new high school come to town,” according to a recent article in the Orange County Register

One reason residents voted against letting the big-box store set up shop was because of traffic. 
“The whole community now has backed the fact that we don’t want the big-box business,” said resident Bobbi Decker, a leader of the drive to keep Home Depot out of town. 



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