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eiplanner
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Hey There and Good Evening to you On-Islanders!

I'm out here in central USA (Oklahoma) and have been thoroughly enjoying the reading here on the message boards. Like many many others, I am constantly entertaining the idea of pursuing a life in the islands. Although, I must say, lots of the information contained on these pages concerning the locals, the prices, the hassles, and on and on have given me pause and a deeper drive to investigate much further before ever taking a first step toward moving.

Lots of the stories on here have indicated a real struggle in obtaining general items that we take for granted here in the states. I was just wondering if the Home Depot there has provided any relief? Is it as large as any Home Depot here in the states? Is it well stocked? Does it take a long time to get common items back in stock when they are bought out? Are the prices fair? (On the pricing, I have checked online prices that their website says is your store and I didn't see any price difference than my own store here in Oklahoma) Was curious if the online prices were actually STT prices?

I am an electrical contractor here in OKLA and I rely heavily on my local home depot for many things. For electrical wire and related items they are cheaper than my local wholesalers. If the prices I saw online were correct for STT then I feel it must be great for you guys there. Many items that I see are wanted like A/C's, water filters, bug control, household repairs, etc are all carried in my Home Depot. I was just wondering if your Home Depot was the same and the other couple questions I asked earlier?

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Posted : February 20, 2012 3:30 am
WillsSweetPea
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We are also looking into a major move to the islands & I'm looking forward to see what residents of the Islands say about Home Depot but could you please give some insight to Kmart pricing as well. By the way, I love Home Depot & have never been much of a mall shopper, I prefer much smaller shops...

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Posted : February 20, 2012 4:27 am
Exit Zero
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I don't think you will be quite as happy with the Home Despot, at least the STT version, as you are with your Oklahoma store - lots of things in the 'don't need' category -constant shortages in the "need' items -and rarely have the complete list to do a job as planned - few, if any knowledgeable floor staff -plus lots of pine 'termite food' wood products and ready to rust metal products - the island is tough on many products and using good quality materials designed for our climate and conditions may seem expensive at the outset usually but pays big dividends years later when you Don't have to Replace everything that has rusted, rotted, cracked, melted or broke.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 5:16 am
stt007
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Stx store much better than stt store. Bigger, better stocked, friendlier, more helpful people. Hope go ends closing doesn't have negative impact on the stx store's future.

Probably in both stores, replenishment rate is about the same, 1-3 weeks on some items, but I think stx might have a better system with backup warehouse storage for inventory sinless chance of the 1-3 week wait.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 9:52 am
OldTart
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Shopping at Home Depot here on STT is pretty much the same as shopping for anything anywhere on island. As it would be a rare day when you can find everything on your large food shopping list at one large supermarket and not have to sometimes go to two and even three to complete it, the same goes for shopping at Home Depot. It's just something you get used to! That said, the store is huge and I've always found the store personnel to be extremely helpful when I'm hunting for that elusive gizmo who's name I can't remember but I know I need it for attaching plumbing A whatsit to plumbing B doofangle, etc. Improvisation has always been the fallback and if you use something on a regular basis it's wise to buy two or three when they're in stock as the next trailer load may be three or four weeks away.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 11:13 am
vicanuck
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The St. Croix store is huge and well stocked, easily twice the size of the St. Thomas store in my opinion. There were some initial inventory issues in the early days but they seem to have that worked out now. Its a great shopping experience since there is rarely many people in the store. I hope it can sustain its existence here. I would be mighty sad to lose it.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 11:46 am
skylineent06
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Home depot is OK, not the best choice. Staff are not trained they just know where to point to items. If you want a good knowledgeable staff & quality products go to East End Lumber about a mile away. Plus they been on island so long that they know & have items that fit your home. Not like home depot where items are cheaper but don't fit & then when you return them the correct items are more expensive. ie.. PVC pipe they carry schedule 30 the standard is 40 they wont tell you that, but when you buy the 40 from them there the most expensive ppl on island. They would be my last resort.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 11:51 am
East Ender
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I just realized we have an Okie electrician AND an Okie plumber currently posting!!:-o

(Just kidding, guys.There are a lot of Oklahomans on St Thomas...)

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Posted : February 20, 2012 12:34 pm
eiplanner
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I think, unless there is an extremely extended further downturn in the US economy, you guys are safe with your Home Depots staying open for business. They usually invest for the longterm and have the dough to sustain an ailing store for quite a while. I don't know how many jobs they provided for the local economy but I would think overall most people would be happy Home Depot is there. Seems to me the kind of businesses the islands would do well to attract. I know lots of folks see it as the big boys putting the small timers out of business but in terms of overall number of employees and reasonably paying jobs, it has to be a positive impact.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 2:11 pm
skylineent06
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Home depot gives less to the community. It gets tax breaks, & does not reinvest that money locally. So a store that does 64mill a yr Should be able to help sustain its enviroment with ..... It does not. Overall more harm than good. Suck the island dry then when things go south they up & leave. Popular trend in the islands with Big Boxes.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 2:20 pm
bathiel
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I've spent many trips to the STX Home Depot the past two months outfitting a new condo, and have found it to be pretty comparable to those back in the States. It's big, well-staffed and generally well-stocked. I also will say the workers we've encountered there are very nice and willing to help.

Bernie

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Posted : February 20, 2012 2:50 pm
eiplanner
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Home depot gives less to the community. It gets tax breaks, & does not reinvest that money locally. So a store that does 64mill a yr Should be able to help sustain its enviroment with ..... It does not. Overall more harm than good. Suck the island dry then when things go south they up & leave. Popular trend in the islands with Big Boxes.

This tends to turn into a political discussion and therefore an oppinionated one that I do not have a first hand knowledge of (nor do most) so these are just my own thoughts.

The popular trend that I see from reading here is that most businesses fail in their attempt to come there. (Big Box or small mom and pop) In that respect, it's a bit unfair to blame either one more than the other. The truth be told, there are probably many more jobs lost, when times are hard, from the constant failing of small businesses than a few large ones. One could also be quite certain that Home Depot was not allowed to come to the islands without sharing some portion of their profits with the local government. Whether it's above board or corrupt under the table money, someone locally is getting paid. I'm sure the local ports, truck drivers, petroleum companies, utilities, advertising agencies, insurance companies, employees on the payroll, and others would all disagree that all of the money goes back to the states. I would also imagine any local owners of similar businesses that are successful and generating lots of income are living rather lavishly and investing their money in off-island ventures as well. And no, I do not work for Home Depot. lol

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Posted : February 20, 2012 3:31 pm
OldTart
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Home depot gives less to the community. It gets tax breaks, & does not reinvest that money locally. So a store that does 64mill a yr Should be able to help sustain its enviroment with ..... It does not. Overall more harm than good. Suck the island dry then when things go south they up & leave. Popular trend in the islands with Big Boxes.

Where on earth do you get such (mis)information from? And which "Big Boxes" have sucked the islands dry and then up and left?

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Posted : February 20, 2012 5:43 pm
trainwreck82
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Home depot gives less to the community. It gets tax breaks, & does not reinvest that money locally. So a store that does 64mill a yr Should be able to help sustain its enviroment with ..... It does not. Overall more harm than good. Suck the island dry then when things go south they up & leave. Popular trend in the islands with Big Boxes.

Where on earth do you get such (mis)information from? And which "Big Boxes" have sucked the islands dry and then up and left?

Makes you shake your head. How many big box businesses have operated in the VI in the last 10 years? OfficeMax, Home Depot, and Kmart? They're still here...

I've run two of the three and have a close friend that ran one of the others, and I promise you these Big Box Stores are some of the most profitable stores in their respective companies world-wide, and they pay a LOT in taxes to this government. I can only assume this poster meant smaller companies like Taco Bell and IHOP, and in that case it's still a huge WTF. They didn't "suck the territory dry" they got FLEECED by it.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 6:41 pm
OldTart
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I can only assume this poster meant smaller companies like Taco Bell and IHOP, and in that case it's still a huge WTF. They didn't "suck the territory dry" they got FLEECED by it.

I don't know about Taco Bell but there was WAY more behind the IHOP'c coming and going that was never exposed and had nothing to do with any fleecing. It's a long story which goes back a long way accompanied by much clanking of skeletons in the closet!

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Posted : February 20, 2012 6:50 pm
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