The Home Depot started in 1979 with their first store in Atlanta. Within seven years in 1986, it hit the $1 billion-mark in sales which grew to $20 billion in 1997. During this span of 12 years, it had an average annual growth in sales of 119% that made them the fastest expanding home renovation retailer. The brand was built on low-prices and the trade-specialists in the stores to support the DIY audience who needed help in finishing their home improvement projects. Then the founders left and the new CEO focused on profitability above all else - almost running the company into the ground before the board decided to replace him. Now Wal-Mart’s laser sharp focus on costs is raising similar questions: Have they gone too far?