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When The Home Depot opened its first two stores nearly 40 years ago, our founders chose Georgia based on data that pointed to Atlanta as an ideal location for a new concept in home improvement retail. Since that time, we’ve learned that the state is ideal for just about any business to locate, and we’ve grown our
presence accordingly.

Although it’s a pretty well-known fact that Atlanta is the hometown of our Store Support Center – or HQ – few know the state is also home to more than 25,000 of our associates (employees), 90 stores, nine distribution centers, and a network of call centers, technology centers, and more.

When it comes to Georgia, many think of the largest airport in the world with non-stop access to an endless list of destinations, but we at The Home Depot also think of the Port of Savannah and its innovative operations and pro-business attitude. In fact, the Port of Savannah is one of our four primary ports that make up our fourcorner ocean container strategy, and it is the most technologically and operationally advanced of them all.

We located one of our three primary Direct Fulfillment Centers in Locust Grove, Georgia, because its ideal geographic location rounds out our ability to deliver online orders to 98 percent of our U.S. customers in two business days or less, using economic ground delivery.

Now, one of the most important developments is Georgia’s growth as a technology hub, as well as the accompanying educational infrastructure and talent. That’s especially important to our business as we blend the physical and digital worlds to provide an interconnected retail experience for our customers.

We didn’t choose Georgia for this expansive operational footprint because Atlanta is our hometown. We chose Georgia because it’s strategically the right place to do business.

This testimonial originally appeared in Georgia Ports Authority’s publication, “Georgia: #1 State in the Nation to do Business.” The book stands as a testament to the business-friendly environment in the Peach State, which has become a global destination for companies in a wide range of industries.