The prominent orange that covers the massive store fronts of The Home Depot stores across the world began as the idea of two DIYers who wanted to help people create the homes of their dreams.
Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank talked up the idea of creating a space where shoppers could come in, find supplies and tools they needed, and receive knowledge from trained associates eager to help. They imagined a store where not only could you find everything you needed for your next project in one place, but also somewhere customers could learn how to do the project from a knowledgeable staff.
That vision became a reality in 1979, when the first two Home Depot stores were built in Atlanta, Georgia. The company then went public in 1981.