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Home-improvement and hardware stores thrive as residents take on projects

We got a sense of how some Americans have been spending their time and money during lockdown Tuesday when Home Depot reported quarterly results. Same-store sales were up more than 6%, and revenue was up around 7%.

In much of the country, hardware and garden stores have been deemed essential, so while people have been staying home, they’ve taken on nonessential projects — like sprucing up their homes. And that’s been good for independent hardware and home-supply stores.

When film and TV production shut down in Pittsburgh back in March, assistant director Jon Madeiros was out of work. So he decided to retile his front entryway and turn his attic into a yoga room. 

“It keeps my mind active. And it keeps my hands active,” he said.

He’s spent around $5,000 on supplies over the past couple of months. Hardware stores have been busy keeping up with demand from DIYers

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Home improvement stores implement strict social distancing measures in light of large customer influx

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — With more people staying home due to COVID-19, appliances and home improvements stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot said they are seeing an influx of customers looking to buy tools and other goods to improve their home quarantine experience.

23ABC News spoke to Home Depot and Lowe’s supervisors about what they are doing to protect employees and customers as well as shoppers.

Bakersfield resident Kelli Crespo said now that she’s spending all of her free time at home she’s finally renovating her whole backyard and family pool area.

“So pretty much I am using this time staying at home with nothing else to do the backyard, make it kind of more of a homey kind of feeling back there rather than just this concrete desert,” she said.

Crespo is not the only person looking to enhance her backyard quarantine experience in light of the pandemic. Several other

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