Home Depot Tests Motor Oil Sales


Home improvement retailer Home Depot confirmed this week that it is testing the sale of automotive products, including motor oils, in 10 stores in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. Pennzoil and Quaker State are among the brands offered in the pilot program.

The Atlanta-based chain said it is testing the sale of automotive aftermarket products in response to the continued growth in the pickup truck and automotive accessories markets.

Ten Home Depot stores in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine are offering automotive electronics, appearance and maintenance products, interior accessories, auto parts, towing, truck exterior and truck protection products. We will offer hundreds of products in stock, as well as thousands through special order, company spokesman Don Harrison told Lube Report.

Customers will find top brands such as Pennzoil, Quaker State, Armor All, Contico and Master Lock, he said. The test will stay in place until we have sufficient data on the programs performance.

Home Depot, with fiscal 2005 sales of $81.5 billion, has 2,058 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It claims to be the second-largest U.S. retailer, after Wal-Mart.

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