Totally off topic post here.
Home Depot is less than a mile from me while McLendons is a couple of miles away. Not a big difference, but I will go to McLendons every single time.
Why? Because I don't think I've ever walked in there with a problem and walked out without a solution.
A year and a half ago, I bought some paint for the bedroom. After going over colors and getting my paint mixed, I went home and had some regrets. I checked one of the colors and confirmed my suspicions, it was too bubble gum instead of rosey. And it was my own fault. They mixed the colors as I asked them too, but I had given them a sample that was too pink.
So I went back in with my receipt and the paint a few days later. I wasn't expecting a refund or anything, I was fully prepared to just buy a new thing of paint and have them mix the color anew. But I figured someone might want the bubblegum paint so maybe I could give it back to them and they could resell it as a discard or something.
But as soon as I told the paint guy my problem, he bent over backwards to fix it! I made certain that he understood that it was my own mistake and they didn't do anything that needed correcting, but he still insisted that he give it a shot. He added all sorts of pigments and remixed my old pink and came up with a color that I was perfectly happy with. All of this effort, all of that extra pigment and materials and he didn't charge me one cent! I had fully intended to simply purchase new paint, and instead, they fixed the paint I already had for free.
And today. I wanted a couple of shelves for my bookcase and headed down there to see if they had something prefabricated that would fit. Nope, everything they had available was a few inches too short or way too long. So I asked the person at the painting station if there was someone who could help me with shelving. She walked over with a measuring tape, asked what I was trying to do and said that they could cut down one of the longer shelves to fit. Sweet! So we found a really long shelf that would yield 2 shelves of the size I wanted and she handed it off to a second guy to cut down after warning me of the rough edges.
I even asked if I should go purchase the shelf and come back with it to be cut down, and she told me not to worry about it, just let him cut it down and then checkout.
If I go to Home Depot, I rarely walk out with a purchase. There's no one to help me find or make what I want. But the sales associates and I always find a perfectly good solution when I go to McLendons and I always walk out of there with a purchase. Whatever you've spent on assisting me McLendons, you've earned it back in my loyalty and with every additional purchase I've made from you because of that previous assistance.