Home sweet Home Depot

For all things related to houses and building houses and improving houses, there’s a brand-new place in Minot for people looking to purchase related items and possibly even find that this new building is their second home. Home Depot, a full store unlike the temporary one that had been here previously, is officially open for business.

Located at 3425 S. Broadway, Home Depot celebrated its grand opening Thursday to the delight of officials and community members. The dedication ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at the new store with elected officials and business leaders, including Minot City Council president Jim Hatlelid, councilman Mark Jantzer and Minot City Manager David Waind, who announced the official grand opening. The event included prize giveaways, light refreshments and a Kids Workshop for members of the community and their families. The day began with a Professional Contractors breakfast that morning from 6 to 9 a.m.

This is the first Home Depot store to open in Minot, with the next closest one in Fargo. They have brought 100 new jobs to the Minot community, offering more than 40,000 home improvement products as well as weekly how-to workshops, a special Professional Contractor’s desk, kitchen design center and a variety of other home improvement resources.

Minot’s Home Depot features the store’s latest floor plan with traditional home improvement departments, kitchen and bath showrooms, tool rental, installation services, a professional contractor desk and a 17,000-square-foot outdoor garden center.

“If it has to do with your home, we carry it.” said Minot’s store manager Jason Barker. “We carry a wide range of items. Think about your home and we carry it. From the foundation to the shingles, we carry it.”

Home Depot is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. The company has brought in 30 transfer associates from other stores, Barker said, and has also hired more than 100 associates. “This is our off season and we look to expand in April,” he added.

Some unique aspects to the Minot Home Depot store include an additional 96,000 square feet that will be added as an outdoor lumber yard later this year, as well as offering boom delivery of sheet rock and shingles and offering Penske moving truck rentals on site. Barker said there is also a line-up of tools tailored to contractors. Additionally, the Minot store carries automotive parts and has an expanded tool area.

Barker said Minot was chosen as a location for Home Depot because of the good market that Minot is experiencing. “We did some research,” he added. “We are excited to be here in Minot.” There are some definite possibilities Home Depot will open in other North Dakota cities, Barker said, but nothing concrete as of yet. “We like the market here and we want to lay the foundation here in Minot. We’re excited to see what happens here.”

If the large crowd of excited people at Home Depot’s grand opening on Thursday was any indication, the community of Minot seems to be welcoming the home improvement store with open arms. Barker said the aspects that people seem to like about Home Depot include the friendliness and helpfulness of the store’s associates, bringing their customer service level a step above other stores. Also, people seem to like the quality of products found at Home Depot, he added. “We carry a lot of brands that aren’t carried other places.”

Another aspect about Home Depot that helps them stand out is Team Depot, the store-based volunteer program that encourages and enables associates to participate in service projects in the community. “We have a group of associates who reach out to help in different areas in the community,” Barker said. Ways of helping have included putting a roof on a house, building a ramp for handicapped people at a veteran’s facility or helping to build a playground. One of Home Depot’s core values is giving back to and helping in the community they’re in. “New associates see that as positive and we want to put our best foot forward in the community and we’re proud to do that,” Barker added. “We’re excited to see what opportunities arise in 2014 in Minot.”

Barker said he is thankful to Minot for letting Home Depot open up a temporary store while building the current store. “We’re very happy and thankful to be here. We’re excited to see what Home Depot is all about.”