Home Depot Inc. didn't purposely set out to move so close t the competition on its first venture into the Baltimore market, officials of the Atlanta-based hardware chain said.
It's just coincidence that Home Depot is to open in Glen Burnie this summer within a mile of its largest competitor -- the Hechinger Co., said Lonnie Fogel, director of public relations for Home Depot.
"We're also involved with the Price Club," Fogel explained. "We're taking over the Price Club building in Glen Burnie, and they're building a new store."
Home Depot is to move into the current Price Club building near the intersection of New Ordnance Road and the Arundel Expressway (Md. 10). Hechinger's is located at 601 Ordnance Road.
Renovations began on the building last month, Fogel said. The store is to have 100,000 square feet of interior space and a 30,000-square foot lawn and garden center outside.
Another Home Depot store is to open in White Marsh, but a date has not been set, Fogel said. By the end of 1993, Home Depot expects to be operating a total of four stores in the Baltimore area.
Officials from Landover-based Hechinger Co., currently the largest home hardware retailer in the area with 13 stores around Baltimore, have said they aren't fearful of the competition.
Meanwhile, do-it-yourself home-improvement retailer Channel Home Centers Inc. is planning to sell or close 11 Maryland stores as part of a bankruptcy reorganization, the Whippany, N.J., company announced this month.
Most of Home Depot's products are sold to do-it-yourselfers, Fogel said.
Home Depot was founded in 1978. Its 137 warehouse style stores stock more than 30,000 different kinds of building materials, home-improvement and lawn and garden products, Fogel said.