Monday, December 11, 2017
Business

Home Depot offers deals for its Spring Black Friday

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 [email protected] or (813) 225-3110.

Comments
Outback Steakhouse co-founder Chris Sullivan steps off Bloomin’ Brands’ board

Outback Steakhouse co-founder Chris Sullivan steps off Bloomin’ Brands’ board

Chris Sullivan, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, resigned from the board of the restaurant chain’s parent company last Wednesday, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The document, filed by Tampa-based Bloomin’ B...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority plays beat the clock on GOP tax bill

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority plays beat the clock on GOP tax bill

TAMPA — With the Republican tax bill poised to eliminate the opportunity, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority on Monday said it had refinanced a big chunk of its debt to save money in the future.The authority borrowed $152 million from the bo...
Updated: 12 hours ago
JW Marriott Clearwater Beach project still on target despite some bumps

JW Marriott Clearwater Beach project still on target despite some bumps

CLEARWATER BEACH — While Tampa is excited about its first JW Marriott hotel, plans are moving ahead for a $130 million JW Marriott property on Clearwater Beach, despite some hiccups. "We’ve done really well in our opinion," Uday Lele, developer of t...
Published: 12/11/17
HSBC says U.S. will dismiss criminal charges against it

HSBC says U.S. will dismiss criminal charges against it

HSBC said Monday that U.S. authorities were preparing to dismiss criminal charges against the bank, five years after it reached an agreement to avoid prosecution related to lapses in its money-laundering controls.In 2012, the bank, one of the world’s...
Published: 12/11/17
Major auto manufacturer offers longer hours, incentives to fix airbags

Major auto manufacturer offers longer hours, incentives to fix airbags

TAMPA — With nearly 200,000 people around Tampa Bay still driving around with defective airbags that could kill them, a major automaker is trying to dramatically cut that number down this week.Fiat Chrystler Automobiles U.S. has launched Airbag Recal...
Published: 12/11/17
This 6-year-old kid made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube

This 6-year-old kid made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube

When most people think back on the child celebrities of their time, they likely think of child movie actors, the well-trained stars of showbiz. For some, these were stars like Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, or Macaulay Carson Culkin from "Home Alone." F...
Published: 12/11/17
Ticket-fighting firm hires former Florida Bar president to sue the Bar

Ticket-fighting firm hires former Florida Bar president to sue the Bar

Times Staff WriterWell, this is awkward. A company that is suing the Florida Bar has hired a former Bar president to represent it. Ramon Abadin has joined the legal team of TIKD, a company that expedites the process of fighting traffic tickets in Pin...
Published: 12/11/17
A longer wait: Some now try nearly 3 years to get disability insurance

A longer wait: Some now try nearly 3 years to get disability insurance

By the time Teralyn Fleming could finally plead her case to get federal disability insurance, she had been waiting two years and three months. The wait was not a peaceful one — a blood clotting disorder pushed her out of the workforce in 2015 so she ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa: Hundreds protest Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Tampa: Hundreds protest Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

TAMPA — Hundreds rallied near the University of South Florida on Friday night to protest President Donald Trump’s recent declaration that the United States will recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The protest was organize...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/09/17

Duke outage leaves 7,700 without power near Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — Up to 7,700 customers across Pinellas Park, Lealman and Kenneth City lost power in a Thursday night outage, according to Duke Energy.The outage impacted a cloverleaf-shaped area of customers, with pedals extending in the cardinal dire...
Published: 12/08/17