We are pleased to hear Home Depot is going to open a store in El Centro in the warehouse facility that housed HomeBase. It was sad when HomeBase closed its doors after a relatively short time. It was even sadder to see so many people lose jobs.
Home Depot will create up to 175 jobs, with most of those jobs filled by local people. That makes the news that much more exciting. This is a county that needs jobs and any time a large employer is willing to invest in the area it is reason to celebrate.
Home Depot comes to the Valley as a strong company continuing to expand. It is obvious the company has done studies that have indicated there is a market for a Home Depot in the Imperial Valley.
When HomeBase decided to close, it was a corporate decision, not one driven by the amount of business at the local store. We are convinced there is enough business locally to support Home Depot without wiping out such businesses as Imperial Stores, a locally based company with a home improvement division that has been in the Valley for decades.