How Home Depot Beat the Odds and Built the DIY Business and One of the Country’s Fastest-Growing Chains
Bernard “Bernie” Marcus is born in Newark, New Jersey
Graduates from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers
Moves to California to run Handy Dan, a chain of home
Marcus and Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank are fired
from Handy Dan.
Marcus, Blank and Ken Langone open the first Home Depot
store in Atlanta, Georgia.
Establishes the Marcus Foundation.
Pledges $250 million dollars to create the Georgia Aquarium
in downtown Atlanta.
Retires as Home Depot’s chairman of the board.
Starts the Job Creators Network to advocate on behalf of
small business and defend the free enterprise for succeeding
Establishes the Marcus Institute for Brain Health at the
University of Colorado.
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