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lunkerlou
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September 18, 2011 8:10 pm  

Jut visited the depot today. wow! Everybody's right, state side prices! This is wonderful and makes it more affordable. Cleaning supplies, paper towel, trash bags, laundry soap....wow. I think the island was in need. Especially with WAPA killing us all. I hope Home Depot is a huge success!!!


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NugBlazer
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September 20, 2011 4:29 pm  

The big question is will thing stay good there. In a year or two, we'll know.


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Juanita
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September 20, 2011 4:57 pm  

The big question is will thing stay good there. In a year or two, we'll know.

No, they won't. But...it will still be so much better than it's been.


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Linda J
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September 20, 2011 6:28 pm  

I'm not sure. We went over today. I did not see a single employee that I knew. Did they import staff from PR and the states? Will these folks stay permanently? And most importantly, is HD trying to hire and train residents (especially young people) of STX?

The store was very nice, lots of stuff, but I didn't see much price differential between HD and GBH, for example. But they do have a large stock of lots of different things. Do I remember correctly that the HD on STT was greeted in much the same way when it opened? How is it doing today?


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September 20, 2011 6:50 pm  

toilet supply line at Gallows bay... 8.50... at home depot $4.87
I made my first trip today and saw several local people I know working there
and a few X GBH employees


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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September 20, 2011 7:18 pm  

Bombi your right--prices are good and some X Gallows Bay Hardware Store employees working at Home Depot--and a few in key positions. Also saw Home Depot employees who are locals, as I knew about a dozen today when I went today.

Check out the appliance prices, 6 burner gas stove, around $250, small gas burner stove around $250---they had one for $210, but the space is empty and on opening nite I was told they had a 100 in stock. Bought small charcoal round grill on sale---marked down from $32 to $21---last one. The Home Depot employee took the legs off , boxed it, and found me in the store----great service.

Nice to see tank-less hot water heaters with a warranty---few dollars more the GBH, but you get a 3 year warranty. Laundry detergents, pool supplies, outdoor furniture(on sale), and many other

Lastly, don't count out Gallows Bay Hardware, Caribe Do-It, Princess, or the other local hardware store. Back in the states where I was from, the local True Hardware expanded to 10 times the size it was after Home Depot open nearby.

No one wins if the other hardware stores don't survive because of the opening of Home Depot. However, I think with a good business plan going forward, they will survive by being more competitive. Time will tell.


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September 20, 2011 7:36 pm  

When Home Depot opened on St Thomas, people bemoaned the certain closing of MSI, East End Lumber, Ace, etc. They are all still there, although sometimes I wonder how East End does it. Everyone finds a niche in a nice capitalistic society! 😉


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Linda J
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September 20, 2011 9:55 pm  

Surprised, I didn't see a single person I knew. The one thing we looked at specifically were generators. They didn't have one as large as we bought from states and the one they did have were much more expensive, and that is including our shipping charges.

EE, I think you're right everyone finds thier niche.

Edited to add they do have LOTS of parking!


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DixieChick
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September 21, 2011 10:55 am  

has anyone heard what else is going in that shopping center???
i have been told so many different things not sure what to believe.

competition is good so hopefully some of the hardware stores that raped us for years will now lower their prices and offer
warranties (sp)

does HD carry pet supplies?


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Bombi
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September 21, 2011 12:23 pm  

there is a rumor about a Walgreens...coconut telegraph


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STXBob
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September 21, 2011 2:09 pm  

has anyone heard what else is going in that shopping center???
i have been told so many different things not sure what to believe.

I was wondering the same thing. I didn't see any other stores there, or any empty store fronts waiting for tenants, but I thought they were trying to attract other stores to that property.


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SkysTheLimit
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September 21, 2011 4:42 pm  

I recognized many of the employees at Home Depot.

Most prices on items I looked at were much less than other hardware stores on STX. Not all though.

Stopped by Gallows Bay Hardware today and there was plenty of parking and the store seemed somewhat empty. *-)


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NugBlazer
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September 21, 2011 5:05 pm  

Lastly, don't count out Gallows Bay Hardware, Caribe Do-It, Princess, or the other local hardware store. Back in the states where I was from, the local True Hardware expanded to 10 times the size it was after Home Depot open nearby.

No one wins if the other hardware stores don't survive because of the opening of Home Depot. However, I think with a good business plan going forward, they will survive by being more competitive. Time will tell.

I totally agree regarding Gallows Bay Hardware. But, the others? I could care less. They've always had terrible customer service, and completely deserve it if they go under.


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September 21, 2011 6:02 pm  

I was actually told today, by an employee at HD..."This is not my department." sigh....:-(

The gentleman was pleasant enought, and to be fair, he DID at least look at the price tag to see where it would be on the shelf. I guess he couldn't figure that out, so he just said he couldn't help us because he didn't work in that department. OK...not every employee will know every department, even after the store has been open for years, but geez...offer to stop by the service desk and have them send over someone who could help!!!!

BTW...he was walking right past the service desk. He simply didn't KNOW that's what he should do.

So, I walked up to the service desk and asked for help in the lawn furniture. The nice lady flagged down a young man who works in that department and asked him to assist me. He acted all stressed over it because he was in the middle of doing someting. You know, that looking at his watch and then off in the distance and the torn between two places body language. He did help us, successfully, and we got a HECK of a deal on a patio table!!


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September 21, 2011 6:34 pm  

Home Depot STT opened with shelves fully stocked, very competitive prices, lots of variety, etc. Generally when we go, we find everything on our list and then some. One stop shopping - how crazy is that? For appliances, we have found that you buy what is in front of you. If they're out of stock or if they say "it's on the ship and will be here tomorrow", my advice is to defer your purchase or pick something that is in stock. We made the mistake of paying for appliance that were allegedly in STT and being unloaded from the ship "as we speak". 6 weeks of chasing, we finally got appliances that were NOT what we paid for; NOT what we expected. Different models. Admittedly, after 6 weeks, they had worn us down and we were so thrilled to have ANY appliance, we just sucked it up and plugged them in.


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September 21, 2011 9:35 pm  

Not to derail this thread, although it has to do with competition... We had a bad incident with Home Depot appliances. We recently went to K-Mart for a Kenmore stove. They show you on-line what is available, explain the pricing, delivery time, etc. Very nice experience and I really like the Kenmore brand. Now if we could get them to carry more Sears stuff...


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September 22, 2011 1:02 am  

At least now I'll finally be able to park at GBH when I go to the bank.

HD has great pricing on a lot of things, and more like GBH pricing on others. Generators were not a great deal, but then you have to realize, who buys a generator at HD in the states? I lived there for 35 years and never owned one. Power never went out! Klein screwdriver, great deal. Klein wire cutter, not a great deal. You just have to compare.


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DixieChick
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September 22, 2011 10:19 am  

juanita that is the table i wanted, but the guy said not his department........kidding

went to HD yesterday and walked around. everyone seemed so nice. were they imported????

did some price comparison.

saw a guy from kmart there with this gadget looking and prices and then recording them. i think he was a kmart manager.
wasnt kmart nice and clean when it opened???

i was hoping that the garden shop would have niced flower pots. The depot in st. thomas d id.
maybe on de ship..
great prices on cleaning products and got a new car (broom) bout poked a ladies eye out


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September 22, 2011 10:46 am  

According to HD management 97% of the employees are local hire.The solar panels should be operational this week.


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September 22, 2011 12:18 pm  

Juanita & DixieChick,

I went yesterday to HD and was looking at the same patio table. Was it the one for $19? Amazing price for an all aluminum plus glass top.
They sold out of them on the shelf, so I looked around to find 4 of them on the very top shelf where they have the bug spray. The guy that was working there said he wasn't sure if they were the tables or not. I said can you climb the latter to find out. He said he wasn't allow all the way up there on the latter. Okay, I need to find the guy on the truck to take them down. Went to the service desk and the lady followed me over and told the guy to climb the latter to make sure these were the tables. So he did, but no luck. He couldn't see any sku #.
Okay, now we waited for 45 minutes for the guy to come to take the pallet down from the top. We were determined to get these tables. We bought 2 and while we were standing there I told another lady and she bought the last two plus the floor display.

Get to the check out line back where they sell the dry wall and one of the stickers on something we had from electrical didn't scan right. The lady at the register asked one of the guys to help her and he said use the phone. She then replied she has no phone back there. He walked away. My husband had to leave the line go back to electrical and find one that had another sticker. With success he did. We felt the guy she asked to help her was very lazy and had a poor attitude. He was doing nothing but bringing in the flat carts from outside.
Oh well, we laughed it off and said we would of fired that guy. We came home with some good deals.:-)

The Bug Stop went up from $4.88 to $6.97.


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September 22, 2011 1:06 pm  

On Monday at HD, we bought a Ridgid 12 gallon wet/dry vac for $39.97, normally $90. What a deal! For some reason, their wet/dry vacs are in at least 3 different locations around the store.

Also, mosquito repellant at HD was half the price that Plaza charges.


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Juanita
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September 22, 2011 1:50 pm  

Yes, the $19 table. We don't even NEED another patio table, but just couldn't pass that up. We thought about getting a couple more and talked ourselves out of it! No idea why I even looked at the table, but I was waiting from my husband to come in from the garden center and just happened to pick up the tag and WOW!!


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September 22, 2011 10:47 pm  

I made my 4th trip since they opened today, I keep remembering all those little things I have been needing for years...it's great to be able to get things I need to fix this & that!
I was in the garden area as they were opening boxes of plants they just got and I had so much fun! There was a mob scene as the boxes were being opened and the 2 workers were so fun to be around as they handled the mob. I got some beautiful orchids and cactus pots at a good price. I spent more than I intended (again!), but am so glad I did. I would have spent more if there were more herb & veggie plants. I was told they might be there Friday...guess I am going back!

Maybe I should get a job for the employee discount!


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September 23, 2011 3:40 am  

There is a Walgreens opening in STT so maybe 🙂

Pia


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September 23, 2011 3:48 am  

I'm so looking forward for Walgreen's opening here on Stt!!!

$19.00 patio table-great price!!! I could have used 1 or 2 or 3 lol


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