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To: Mark Marcellus who wrote (1136)1/3/2003 10:18:49 AM
From: Bald Eagle
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Maybe I should buy some Lowe's to hedge my bet.

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To: sandintoes who wrote (1137)1/3/2003 10:35:28 AM
From: Lee Lichterman III
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>>This is what I've been saying all along, I much prefer Lowes to HD<<

Yep, and after the way HD screwed me, I make it a point to tell everyone I meet about it and steer them clear of HD.

I am even taking out ads in various city papers now telling people that HD doesn't live up to their promises and will avoid living up to promises. I couldn't afford a NY Times or Washington post ad like I hoped but doing this in smaller town papers is pretty cheap. I may cover the whole US by the time I am done. I hope the $1000 HD pooched me out of is worth the millions in lost revenue if just 10 people listen in each town I do. I get mad but then I get even. -g-

I got stuck in a meeting and missed the CC Call in November but still hope to try for the next one. I was at war with S for a year and now HD is this year's target.

Good Luck,

Lee

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To: Lee Lichterman III who wrote (1139)1/3/2003 12:28:40 PM
From: sandintoes
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Sorry you had such a problem with HD. That isn't my complaint. My complaint is I can't find anyone to answer my questions, or take the time to explain what I want to know.

Lowes is another story. The employees at Lowes will take the time to get into Faux painting techniques, and recommend crown molding methods. They showed me how to order new kitchen cabinet doors with glass fronts. They even told me how to remove the "Apartment style" sliding glass doors in the bathroom showers.

In short, they have trained employees for their particular fields.

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To: sandintoes who wrote (1140)1/3/2003 12:37:35 PM
From: BWAC
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<In short, they have trained employees for their particular fields>

Is your particular store new?

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To: Lee Lichterman III who wrote (1139)1/3/2003 12:42:33 PM
From: 10K a day
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hey lee. maybe i introduce you to my X wife.

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To: BWAC who wrote (1141)1/3/2003 12:47:20 PM
From: sandintoes
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No, I go to them all over the country....where we use to live, where we live now, and where we own a condo..same great service, and always clean.

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To: Bald Eagle who wrote (1138)1/3/2003 1:27:58 PM
From: Mark Marcellus
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I certainly wouldn't buy Lowe's as an HD hedge. In many scenarios where HD does poorly, Lowe's does poorly as well. After all, they're in the same sector. There's plenty of room in this sector for both to do well. If either of them doesn't, the reasons will be either company specific, or sector specific. Either way, it's probably not a good idea to count on there being a strong negative correlation between the two.

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To: Keith Fauci who started this subject1/3/2003 7:15:00 PM
From: 10K a day
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What is wrong with Hoe Depot?

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To: Bald Eagle who wrote (1138)1/6/2003 7:52:28 PM
From: SecularBull
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Maybe HD should hire Gene Hackman away from Lowe's.

~SB~

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To: SecularBull who wrote (1146)9/13/2004 10:26:18 AM
From: Neil H
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Home Depot, Urban-Style
Monday September 13, 9:34 am ET
By Selena Maranjian

One of the skills exhibited by strong, successful companies is the ability to reinvent themselves and to adapt to different situations. Call it flexibility. One could argue that PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP - News) thought outside the box and dared to focus on more than beverages when it bought the Frito-Lay snack business. Long ago, Henry Ford loosened up and agreed to sell Ford (NYSE: F - News) cars in colors other than his preferred black. Change can be good. (Although some change is more questionable -- for example, check out the auto parts store that began selling online pie toppings.)
Home Depot (NYSE: HD - News) is changing the way it does business a bit as it opens a new landmark storeâEuro¦ in Manhattan. Here are some ways that the 105,000-square-foot depot will differ from traditional big orange boxes:

Since the store is located in an old, historic building -- the former Hasbro (NYSE: HAS - News) building on 23rd Street, near Fifth Avenue -- it won't be slathered in bright orange. Instead, it will have more tasteful orange banners announcing its identity. Inside you'll find elevators, escalators and an atrium.

There will be doormen assisting customers in getting purchases into cars and taxis. Shopping carts won't be littered around any large parking lot. Instead, they won't stray far from the building itself and will be managed in-house by a cart escalator.

Since many New Yorkers own or rent apartments, you won't see aisles full of lumber, weed whackers, hoses and gutter downspouts. Instead, there will be beefed-up offerings of paint, closet organizing systems, cabinet hardware, stackable washer/dryer combos, and carpets. (Items such as drywall and lumber can be ordered for delivery.)
How is New York reacting to this new arrival? Many would-be shoppers are, of course, thrilled. But many local small businesses, such as hardware stores, locksmiths, and paint purveyors, are justifiably freaking out at the possibility that they'll be put out of business. It's hard to compete with such a big superstore, after all -- one with strong pricing power.

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