Home Depot Jersey City

2/18/2010 Update:

Are you happy Home Depot is in Jersey City?

Most residents I’ve spoken with have a very nonchalant attitude about the Home Depot that opened up over two years ago in neighboring Jersey City.

Usual sentiments were “Other Home Depots were bigger,” “Staff is rude and slow,” and “only in a bind.” And most of the time, the Home Depot in also nearby Secaucus was preferred over Jersey City.

What is your opinion?

See original review after the jump…

11/27/2007:

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the new Home Depot that opened up in neighboring Jersey City a few weeks ago.

A Hoboken411 reader stopped by there in search of some items, and whipped together a quick recap of her observations. The Cliff-Notes version is: Glad we have the Secaucus Home Depot as well as Lowes Hardware stores to choose from.

“The new Home Depot on 12th street between Marin Blvd and Grove St in Jersey City is sizable, but not as large at the Secaucus store. However, unlike the Secaucus store, it is sparkling and everything is in its place. It has a large design center that features everything from flooring to molding to cabinetry and appliances.

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Last Saturday morning at 11am, there were less than 20 cars in the parking lot; the store was indeed devoid of customers. Normally an empty Home Depot is great because you can get lots of help from the staff. In this case, the staff are all in training–no one knows anything. It took 30 minutes to find someone who ultimately told me they don’t carry the shelves I saw on HomeDepot.com.

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If you’re a Home Depot merchandising plannogram expert, by all means head over to the 12th street store while it still has its “new store smell.”

By the way, I did not buy from Home Depot. I went up to Lowes in Rutherford (Rt. 17), which by the way, is a pretty nice store. I don’t recall ever being in a Lowes before and I was impressed. All the same lumber and hardware as Home Depot, but also has soft goods like folding chairs, holiday decorations, and … the shelves I was looking for.”

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67 Responses

  1. hobokendave says:

    FYI, not everyone has a car (hint hint). The “new” home depot is a 15 min walk from downtown Hoboken or a 10 buck cab ride each way. I go to City Paint and Georges, but they don’t carry certain things (like one white tile to replace the broken one in my bathroom) and paint is cheaper at HD…

    • plywood says:

      Pretty short bike ride if you aren’t getting much too.

      In response to hobokendave who said:

      FYI, not everyone has a car (hint hint). The “new” home depot is a 15 min walk from downtown Hoboken or a 10 buck cab ride each way. I go to City Paint and Georges, but they don’t carry certain things (like one white tile to replace the broken one in my bathroom) and paint is cheaper at HD…

    • FMTVENG says:

      the Behr, Glidden, etc paint you find at HD (or any chain store for that matter) is crap. I wouldn’t use anything but Sherwin William or Benjamin Moore on a place that you plan on being in for much more then a year. If you just want to paint the place for a tenant to move in, or cover up some holes when moving out then by all means use one of the store brands. But if you are painting your own living space and want durability then go for one of the ‘pro’ brands.

      In response to hobokendave who said:

      FYI, not everyone has a car (hint hint). The “new” home depot is a 15 min walk from downtown Hoboken or a 10 buck cab ride each way. I go to City Paint and Georges, but they don’t carry certain things (like one white tile to replace the broken one in my bathroom) and paint is cheaper at HD…

      • plywood says:

        It’s just a bad idea to try to save money on paint. Cheap paint often requires extra coats which more than negates the savings. And if you are painting a ceiling cheap paint drips much more.

        In response to FMTVENG who said:

        the Behr, Glidden, etc paint you find at HD (or any chain store for that matter) is crap. I wouldn’t use anything but Sherwin William or Benjamin Moore on a place that you plan on being in for much more then a year. If you just want to paint the place for a tenant to move in, or cover up some holes when moving out then by all means use one of the store brands. But if you are painting your own living space and want durability then go for one of the ‘pro’ brands.

      • exm says:

        Behr paint is actually quite good IMO. It was also tested as a ‘Best Buy’ in consumer report.

        In response to FMTVENG who said:

        the Behr, Glidden, etc paint you find at HD (or any chain store for that matter) is crap. I wouldn’t use anything but Sherwin William or Benjamin Moore on a place that you plan on being in for much more then a year. If you just want to paint the place for a tenant to move in, or cover up some holes when moving out then by all means use one of the store brands. But if you are painting your own living space and want durability then go for one of the ‘pro’ brands.

      • plywood says:

        I’m down with Consumer Reports, but if the amount of labor is an issue, I would advise that at least once paint out a room with Benjamin Moore and see what we are talking about. Sure, someone has to foot the bills for their media campaign but it’s good stuff. Thick, smells pretty good, good coverage. It’s not all snob appeal.

        In response to exm who said:

        Behr paint is actually quite good IMO. It was also tested as a ‘Best Buy’ in consumer report.

  2. escaped68 says:

    It seems like hd is catering to contractors and their help, for the most part, are clueless. On the other hand lowes is more home owner friendly and their help isn’t much better. So if you have to go to either place be wary,simple problems ok– differcult problems???

  3. MidnightRacer says:

    I actually prefer Lowes to Home Depot. While I was renovating my condo in Hoboken, I’d drive up to Route 440 for the Lowes there. If they didn’t have it, I went down to Home Depot – past the new car dealers on Route 440. When the Holland Tunnel Home Depot opened, I would just go there for small things. The problem with the local hardware stores is that they close way too early for anyone who works in Manhattan. Home Depot and Lowes are open til 9 or 10 pm, some locations til 12 midnight.

    Also, the prices at the local stores are too high.

  4. MidnightRacer says:

    btw, for those with a car, drive past this location and go to the super store in Vaux Hills, near Maplewood, right off of 78. Huge selection.

  5. escaped68 says:

    I painted my living room with moore’s paint called aura it was expensive but it’s a excellent product. I had to use 2 coats because it was a light color over a dark but in most cases 1 coat will do. I really hate painting ceilings so I saw this ceiling paint at lowes it go on a pale blueish color and dries white–pure shit.

  6. MidnightRacer says:

    correction – Vauxhall

  7. xyzpdq says:

    I’m with everyone who says avoid Home Depot and Lowes paints. Buying that stuff is penny wise and pound foolish. Once I bought the most expensive paint available at Lowes thinking it had to be good. I learned a hard lesson. Never again. The Holland Tunnel Home Depot is nice when the local stores don’t have what you want, or have it priced ridiculously high. It’s not a favorite place but I’m glad its there as a backup.

  8. Sidd Finch says:

    The 10pm closing saved me once again tonight. Granted I knew what I was doing and don’t need any help from the guys there. If you do need help, get Steve. He’s the man

  9. Easy-E says:

    Anyone else annoyed that the 2 hardware stores on Washington are closed on Sunday?

    Really stupid idea, one of the two days most people have available to do home repairs and they close up shop.

    • DEADMAU5 says:

      My guess E is that 95% of their customer base is contractors who work mainly m-f. Selling to locals must not be profitable enough for them, then again local consumers want a good price so they go to HD. Local hardware stores allow for easy credit to local contractors, basically a handshake and you are good, not the same for HD

      In response to Easy-E who said:

      Anyone else annoyed that the 2 hardware stores on Washington are closed on Sunday?

      Really stupid idea, one of the two days most people have available to do home repairs and they close up shop.

    • plywood says:

      The way I understand it, smaller business are to larger extent owner operated, and as such, like you and me, management doesn’t want to work on Sunday or just leave the mice to play. That is largely why there is usually a greater employee retention rate in smaller retail, and better customer service as a result (employee loyalty is another talk for another day). Home improvement is not like, say, a bakery or deli where you can close on Monday to make up the “day off”. A large “big box” company can send in some new part timers to keep the doors open on Sunday, with regular employees working only occasionally. This may fly in the face of consumer needs, but is a fact of life for small business, who in home improvement move their main volume to professionals. Yes, young and hungry small business may break this rule until they are established. There is very little spread in credit availability, in fact big box stores make charging people 18% to 24% or higher on revolving credit a big part of their bottom line, while your local hardware store isn’t into that revenue stream.
      But yes, it stinks when you need a tube of glue or something simple on a Sunday.

      In response to Easy-E who said:

      Anyone else annoyed that the 2 hardware stores on Washington are closed on Sunday?

      Really stupid idea, one of the two days most people have available to do home repairs and they close up shop.

  10. escaped68 says:

    There is a ace hardware store not very far from my house, they might not have millions of things that the big box stores have but I usually can make do with what they have. Thelast time I went to get something I noticed that they had only 2 or 3 items of each on the shelves Idon’t think that’s a good sign. Also the prices are a little higher.

  11. Easy-E says:

    Just walked past the one further north on Washington street, near Blockbuster and it was open today. That’s new.

    Up until now, I never did anything on a Sunday because there’s ALWAYS some little damned thing I need and I don’t always want to drive and then find parking when I come back.

  12. HobokenLifer says:

    This was a smart location considering the development going on in downtown Jersey City and Bayonne, and if this administration ever allows anything besides a park to ever be built again in Hoboken. If Home Depot has bike racks, it can make some money off of Hoboken. But we are ready to spend another 16million to repair walkways that we should be suing to get fixed. As Nino Giacchi points out, appeal the 4.5 million for the retirement fine and bring a suit against the contractors who did such a great job on that walkway that crumbled in 3 locations within 4 years of being built.

  13. plywood says:

    @ EasyE said: “Just walked past the one further north on Washington street, near Blockbuster and it was open today. That’s new.”

    Coincidence????

  14. CapnJon says:

    we love this home depot, it’s convenient, and the employees there are always helpful to us…..

    but I was on the roof parking level this weekend, shopping the great selection of flowers with my wife, and was a bit horrified to see the pavement up there is all buckling! (i don’t know if that’s spelling correctly) but obviously, parts of the structure are not level, and the pavement is cracking and sagging all over the place… scary!

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