Home Depot Trials Convenience Stores

Home Depot has announced plans to try out a convenience-store concept that will include a petrol station and deli. The concept will involve putting convenience stores and gas stations right in the parking lots of four Home Depot stores on a test basis in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in December this year. Two of the locations will have car washes attached to them. The concept takes the convenience offerings currently inside the store, such as McDonald’s and donut shop, and enhances them outside the store, making for a convenience destination for anyone looking to pick up grocery items. This test would represent the latest attempt by Home Depot to introduce the sale of food at its warehouse home centres. In the early 1990s, the company experimented with mini food courts in a few stores around Atlanta, Georgia, and has also tested smaller versions of McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts within its stores.