Home Depot does Bed Stuy
Today's NY Times business section has an article on the new Home Depot that opened up on Dekalb Ave in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The front picture depicts an African-American male shopping next to a Hasidic Jew from the nearby Williamsburg neighborhood.
A few choice quotes in the article:
- "The project helps satisfy pent-up consumer demand in Bed-Stuy and neighborhoods beyond it. Bed-Stuy has fantastic housing stock and lots of do-it-yourselfers. The store should be very successful."
- "It's an underserved community with a lot of redevelopment and people investing in their homes. It's a very family-oriented neighborhood with a lot of brownstones and single-family homes. A lot of communities look to us for home improvement."
- Clara McDonald, a customer who owns a brownstone nearby on Hancock Street, said she "couldn't be happier." She had driven to the store with her friend Betty Jones from Crown Heights, who was searching for a part for an old thermostat.
- Another customer, Vurnell Martin, said he had spent about $20,000 at the store on numerous items including cement, jigsaws, beams and handsaws, for the renovation of his brownstone in Prospect Heights.
- "We fully believed we engaged the community and answered all their concerns. We had personnel staff at an on-site hiring office to assist applicants," who were required to pass a test to gain employment. "
Incidentally, the store is a few blocks from S&W Appliances and Electronics, a Hasidic-owned and employed store that sells some fabulous high end appliances, like Bosch ovens, washers and dryers with great prices.