Home Depot to shutter 11 landscape stores

Home Depot will close 11 Landscape Supply stores in the southern United States.

According to the retailer’s Landscape Supply Web site (hdlandscapesupply.com), there currently are six Landscape Supply stores in Texas and five in Georgia.

Home Depot spokesman Ron DeFeo said the format was being folded while the company concentrates on its traditional big-box warehouse stores. Landscape Supply employs about 380 people, according to news reports, and Home Depot plans job fairs in Georgia and Texas to help affected individuals find new positions.

“We own the land for all those locations,” Defeo told HCN. “We’re currently evaluating all available options for maximizing those assets.” DeFeo said there was “nothing definitive” yet on whether the retailer would convert the stores into regular Home Depot stores or sell the property.

Home Depot launched Landscape Supply in 2002 at three sites in Georgia. The company expanded into Texas in 2003. The units feature a 12,000-square-foot store, a 25,000-square-foot outdoor greenhouse that can be closed in the colder months and a fenced-in yard in the back.