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Home Depot Launches Online Sales

August 29, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Home Depot entered the world of online commerce Tuesday, officially unveiling a site that allows consumers in Las Vegas to purchase online about 40,000 items found in traditional stores.

The company said it would expand Internet sales to Austin and San Antonio, Texas, by the end of 2000.

All merchandise found at the Atlanta-based company’s six metro Las Vegas stores will be available on the site for the same price. Customers can collect their purchases at a store or can have items shipped.

The company declined to say how many orders it has logged since contractors began using a test version of its site earlier this month, but ``we’ve been pleased with the acceptance,″ said Ellen Dracos, a Home Depot spokeswoman.

Users outside Las Vegas who access the site will not have their orders filled, although Dracos said the site will be configured in a few weeks to allow people in other areas to place orders for Las Vegas delivery.

With the site’s ``pro center″ section, Home Depot hopes to attract business from professional builders _ a segment in which it has lagged in recent years because contractors complain that shopping at Home Depot takes too long.

The site will allow contractors to place their orders online and then retrieve the items quickly, said Jeff Cohen, Home Depot’s group president of direct business marketing.

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On the Net: http://www.homedepot.com

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