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Home Depot opens

May 17, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Home Depot in Hagerstown officially opens this morning but a preview ceremony complete with a board-cutting instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday night.

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The 114,757-square-foot store, which sells 45,000 products, is at the Centre at Hagerstown.

The store has 140 employees, most of whom live in Hagerstown, store managers said. It is the 987th Home Depot in the nation and the 21st in Maryland.

About 2,000 people, most of them Tri-State contractors, attended the event.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, assisted by Home Depot employees, used a heavy-duty reciprocating saw to cut through a board as part of the event Wednesday.

Bruchey said the city is thankful the company decided to build its store in Hagerstown.

As motorists drive down nearby Interstate 81, they will feel the need to check out the great stores at the Centre at Hagerstown, Bruchey predicted.

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He also urged people to try the coffee at Borders Books and Music, which held a grand opening at the Centre of Hagerstown last weekend.

Home Depot Store Manager Tony Mazola said the company has received a warm reception in Hagerstown and wants to return the favor by giving back to local organizations.

Co-manager Wally Jones presented a $2,500 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, money the organization said it will use to build a computer room.

Jones also presented a $2,500 check to the Berkeley County String Program. Eva Price, the group's coordinator, said the money will be used to pay for teachers.

The store is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

DeWalt, which makes power tools, ran contests outside during the event.

In the contest garnering the most attention, people were asked to guess how long it would take to saw a car in half using a DeWalt reciprocating saw.

It took a DeWalt employee 1 minute 37 seconds to split the car in two, to the cheers of more than 100 people.

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