Stores are big with open isles so one is not crowded is what they want to achieve. Sales and earnings are going gangbusters. Growth to continue over the years to come as housing and jobs recover. Last quarters monster numbers with 100% of stores reaching bonus payout for the first time in the companies history tells it all.
Housing is being artificially supported with cheap money and is never going back to where it was when HD was popping stores up like dandelions. There are about 10 locations with a 20 minute drive and 4 within a 10 minute drive
I just don't need that many azalea bushes or cans of spray paint
And apparently, neither does anyone else.
That's why there are NO customers in the wider aisles and plenty of help around to answer no questions.
This is the opposite of what they had 7 years ago, with too many customers complaining about no help.
So HD needed to be careful what they strived for