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The Home Depot marks 15 years in Puerto Rico with new Hatillo store

From left: Carlos Fines, Reynaldo Cardona and Francisco Chévere, who attended the opening representing the governor.

From left: Carlos Fines, Reynaldo Cardona and Francisco Chévere, who attended the opening representing the governor.

Retail home improvement chain The Home Depot recently marked its 15th anniversary in Puerto Rico with the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art store in Hatillo.

The store will create a total of 180 direct and 350 indirect job opportunities in the northwestern region, company officials said.

The mega store, located on Route 2, boasts 106,583 square feet of retail space, an 18,000 square foot outdoor garden center, a kitchen and bathroom showroom, tool rental service, a large variety of lamps, a paint counter; and a large selection of made-to-order doors.

Furthermore, the store has been designed to better address the needs of the local market, by offering a large selection of BBQs, patio furniture and lawn tractors.

“This opening strengthens our commitment to Puerto Rico and its development. We’re proud of being a part of this community and being able to support the local economy through the creation of jobs and the support of local businesses,” said Carlos Fines, district manager for Home Depot in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Our new location in Hatillo is proof of our commitment to Puerto Rico, and a sign of our confidence in an economy in recovery,” he said.

The Home Depot currently has nine locations in Puerto Rico and employs more than 1,000 associates. Furthermore, it procures a significant portion of its inventory from local suppliers.

“Our customers deserve the best and at The Home Depot we strive to exceed their expectations every day. As a market leader, it is our responsibility to be a valuable member of the community,” said Store Manager Reynaldo Cardona.

“The Home Depot continues to perform as strongly as possible, providing customers the best products and services possible. Investing and growing is key to overcoming obstacles,” he added.

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Business reporter with 29 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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