In our Jan. 5, 2004, issue of our weekly Hardlines newsletter we ran a story with the headline: “Canada Gets First Urban Home Depot.”
In the story, we reported that Annette Verschuren, then-president of Home Depot’s Canadian division, expressed disappointment that Home Depot’s bid for the Maple Leaf Gardens site in Toronto had fallen short—and a Loblaw’s Superstore had been chosen instead. Still, she looked forward to the opening later in 2004 of Canada’s first Home Depot urban store, in Vancouver. Another site for an urban store, we reported, had been secured in Calgary. Home Depot had pioneered its urban footprint concept in New York City in 2003.