Make us your home page
Instagram

Home Depot offers deals for its Spring Black Friday

Home Depot volunteers work outside the home of an injured Army veteran in Land O’Lakes last year. The home improvement is hiring 80,000 employees nationwide and expecting strong sales.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times (2012)

Home Depot volunteers work outside the home of an injured Army veteran in Land O’Lakes last year. The home improvement is hiring 80,000 employees nationwide and expecting strong sales.

Black Friday might seem like a distant memory, but it's in full bloom at Home Depot.

The home improvement store is having Spring Black Friday through Wednesday to kick off its busiest time of the year, when homeowners get the itch to freshen up their homes and yards. The store has sales on everything from garden soil and barbecue grills to bath faucets and power drills.

Home Depot is expecting strong sales this spring and began hiring 80,000 new employees in February, an additional 10,000 people over last year. Overall, the Atlanta-based company employs 300,000 for its more than 2,250 stores nationwide.

Fueling the retailer's sunny outlook are forecasts from the remodeling industry citing increased demand from homeowners for kitchen and bath renovations and repairs. The National Association of Home Builders estimates remodeling spending for owner-occupied, single-family homes will increase 2.4 percent in 2013 over last year and another 1.7 percent in 2014.

Officials say homeowners are finally moving forward with home improvement projects they had put on hold during the economic crisis. They aren't necessarily rebuilding or putting on additions, but they are making smaller changes to upgrade their living arrangements. A fresh coat of paint and new ceiling fan go a long way.

The Home Depot is entering spring on a high note. The publicly traded company ended fiscal 2012 with sales of $74.8 billion, an increase of 6.2 percent over 2011. The company credited the boost largely to the continued recovery of the housing market but also because of sales related to repairs in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Also this month, Home Depot is teaming up with Martha Stewart on a new do-it-yourself video series starting April 25. The videos will highlight Martha Stewart Living products sold at Home Depot through product profiles, designer interviews and "Ask Martha'' segments, according to Retailing Today, an online news source for retail leaders. The videos will be released every Thursday via e-newsletter and on HomeDepot.com.

To sign up, go to Martha Stewart Living's Facebook page or @MarthaStewart on Twitter and scroll to the April 4 posts for the link. Each subscriber gets $5 off their next purchase at Home Depot.

Best Buy is embracing spring cleaning season with a trade-in program for consumer electronics April 21-27. Bring any working mobile phone, tablet, e-reader, laptop, video game console or other device and get a minimum $5 off any item in the store or online.

In many cases, the average trade-in value is much higher — $145 for a tablet, $75 for a laptop and $30 for an e-reader — which could be a good deal if you're looking to upgrade something. For items that aren't working, Best Buy will collect them for free and send them to contracted recyclers, a program that's available year-round.

Best Buy offered the $5 minimum trade-in program in January and got such a strong response it decided to bring it back. It helps reduce the growing problem of technology-traded trash worldwide, plus gets people in the store. (You can also trade-in products online.)

Best Buy says it recycles more than 400 pounds of electronics every minute its 1,400 stores and locations are open. That's a lot of old phones. It also has recycling kiosks to drop off used ink and toner cartridges, cords and other items.

It gets plenty of stuff most young people wouldn't recognize, like eight-tracks, Walkman tape players, home cordless phones and CD players. I know I've got a few of those lying around my house.

For a listing of trade-in amounts by product and condition, go to bestbuy.com/tradein.

Susan Thurston can be reached at sthurston@tampabay.com or (813) 225-3110.

Home Depot offers deals for its Spring Black Friday 04/08/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency and leaders

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and disregarded its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Ciccio executive chef Luis Flores prepares an Impossible Burger Wednesday at the Epicurean Hotel Food Theatre in Tampa.
  3. Construction starts on USF medical school, the first piece of Tampa's Water Street project

    Health

    TAMPA — Dozens of workers in hard hats and boots were busy at work at the corner of South Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive Wednesday morning, signaling the start of construction on the University of South Florida's new Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

    Construction is underway for the new Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa. This view is from atop Amalie Arena, where local officials gathered Wednesday to celebrate the first piece of what will be the new Water Street District. The USF building is expected to open in late 2019. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]
  4. Tampa Bay among top 25 metro areas with fastest growing economies

    Economic Development

    Tampa Bay had the 24th fastest growing economy among 382 metro areas in the country for 2016. According to an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Tampa Bay's gross domestic product, or GDP, increased 4.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 to hit $126.2 billion.

    Tampa Bay had the 24th fastest growing economy in the country for 2016. Rentals were one of the areas that contributed to Tampa Bay's GDP growth. Pictured is attorney David Eaton in front of his rental home. 
[SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  5. Tampa Bay cools down to more moderate home price increases

    Real Estate

    The increase in home prices throughout much of the Tampa Bay area is definitely slowing from the torrid rate a year ago.

    This home close to Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa sold for $3.055 million in August, making it Hillsborough County's top sale of the month. [Courtesy of Bredt Cobitz]