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Home Depot retails stores  
EXPO Design Centers
Villager’s Hardware stores
Apex Supply Company
Georgia Lighting
Maintenance Warehouse
National Blinds and Wallpaper  


The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with sales of $45.7 billion. The Home Depot operates 1,134 retail locations, including 1,029 Home Depot stores in the United States, 67 Home Depot stores in Canada and 7 Home Depot stores in South America. The Company also operated 26 EXPO Design Centers, 4 Villager’s Hardware stores and 1 Home Depot Floor Store. In addition, the Company operated wholly-owned sub-sidiaries Apex Supply Company, Georgia Lighting , Maintenance Warehouse and National Blinds and Wallpaper. The Company employed approximately 227,000 people. [2]

Its founder, and Co-Chairman of the Board Bernard Marcus is an active zionist. He is on the board of directors of Emet, the Pro-Israel Media "War Room" whos function is to ensure that all media in the US stays biased in favour of Israel.[1]



The World
August 18, 2001

A group of American business and political leaders are building a pro-Israel media "war room" in Washington, D.C. The group will be called "Emet"-which in Hebrew means "truth."

Emet will try to address biased media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also make the case that the conflict, while serious and important, pales in comparison to the larger geo-strategic threat posed to the United States and the West by Iran and Iraq, both of whom are trying to build and/or acquire weapons of mass destruction.

Funding Emet is Leonard Abramson; he sold U.S. Healthcare to Aetna in the mid-1990s for $8.9 billion. Abramson has recruited a powerful board of directors, including Bernie Marcus, founder of Home Depot; Les Wexner, founder of The Limited; Edgar Bronfman Sr., who once owned Seagram's; and Lou Ranieri, a major Wall Street player who now co-owns one of Israel's largest banks. Also joining the board are Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, and Jack Kemp.

[2] Home Depot Annual Report 2000 available on their website

Additional information from Yahoo Finance:

Bernard Marcus is a co-founder of The Home Depot and had served as Co-Chairman of the Board. From inception of the Company in 1978 until 1997, he had served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, at which time the title of CEO was passed on to Mr. Arthur M. Blank. In December 2000, Mr. Marcus became Co-Chairman of the Board (salary in 2001 $900,000). Mr. Marcus serves as a director on the boards of ChoicePoint Inc., and Westfield America, Inc.