Six Flags and Home Depot form alliance

Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2006 8:55 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Six Flags and The Home Depot said Monday they would form a supply, marketing and sponsorship alliance that makes The Home Depot sole supplier of materials to build and maintain amusement parks for Six Flags.

Read more from AP via The Telegraph.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:28 AM
I guess I need to look a little harder. Last time I was at Home Depot I don't recall seeing a 'Vekoma Rolling stock' aisle...
It's odd to me that someone at Six Flags headquarters is spending time on deals like this. Papa Johns I get, but Home Depot?
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:44 AM
I suspect there is some sarcasm in this message. However, I don't think SF is looking to build their next Vekoma with parts from Home Depot. The deal means things like hardware, lumber, janitoral supplies, counter tops, bathroom fixtures, tools and such would be purchased from Home Depot. I also believe they can use Home Depot's expertise on projects.*** This post was edited by coasterguts 5/9/2006 12:50:59 PM ***
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:52 AM
Right, certainly the rides are only half of the maintenance picture at any park. Does Home Depot really do competitive business for contractors? I always assumed there were other suppliers doing distribution for commercial work that would undercut what I perceive to be a mostly retail outfit.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 12:46 PM
Home Depot owns a bunch of hardware brand stores as well as design stores.

There main name for contractor supply is Home Depot Supply. It was under anther name for a while an they just bought Hugh Building Supply. They also own the Expo Design Center.

This deal with Six Flags could pay off good for both. SF gets either discounted or free materials to keep shops an general park stuff up an running. Home Depot gets to plaster their name all over SF parks.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 1:38 PM
That's explains a great deal about Home Depot. i use to shop there at least twice a week. In the last four months, i've been going to Lowes more often as their service is better than Home Depot.
They always had bathrooms in common, though. They both were stinky and messy and always out of TP.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 4:30 PM
I want to know when Tony Stewart is going to ride some Vekoma's and say that he would rather roll his car again. Less head banging because of Hanns device! :)
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 4:35 PM
^^ Thats funny^^

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 5:34 PM
Some would say Vekoma's are built with HD parts.

i've been going to Lowes more often as their service is better than Home Depot.

Yep. I've always gotten better service from Lowes myself. And everything at HD has a 1/4" layer of dust on it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 6:45 PM
The weird thing about HD and Lowes is that sometimes they seem to like to be near each other--and I don't mean like in the same town--I mean literally within minutes of each other. Example a) Where I live in Catonsville, MD (about 15 minutes from Baltimore City) there's a Home Depot a minute off of 1-695. If you get off at the same exit going towards Baltimore City, you can be to Lowes in two minutes. Example b) On Rt. 3 near Six Flags America, there's a HD on one side of the street, and across the way, there's a Lowes.

I would agree that Lowes is a little bit nicer looking. But, with both of them, there's too many items to choose from (just check out the plumbing fixtures aisle). I still think the episode of Beavis & Butthead where Mr. Anderson goes to "Home Labryinth" (available on the box set) is still relavant all these years later. He walks around for hours, can't find what he wants, the employee is rude to him after he tells him again what aisle, subsection, shelf etc. the tiles he wants are on, and at the end of the night his car gets towed since he's still walking around after the store has closed.

At least HD got smart and installed fencing after a couple of people got hit or crushed by falling air-conditioning units etc. that they were storing on the top shelfs.
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 5/9/2006 6:46:51 PM ***

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 7:34 PM
Home Depot: The Ride will be an excellent addition. :)
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 7:52 PM
Home Depot an Lowes are next to each other or always near each other because who was ever there first tested the market an showed there was a market there.

I used to work for Home Depot Night Crew an I learned a lot of cool stuff.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 11:48 AM
i forgot all about Tony.
Around the Cleveland area, HD's outnumber Lowes about 3 or 4 to 1.
I've got 4 hd's within 10 miles of me.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:05 PM
I wouldn't be where I am today without Home Depot...

Thank goodness they made quick work of 84 Lumber (my former employer)...I'd have liked to see Joe Hardy do a couple hours ERT on a Vekoma...make it an SLC... ;)

Thursday, May 11, 2006 8:45 PM
This is a smart move! Shapiro has the right idea in targetting corporate sponserships and alliances with other leading companies. I often wondered why Six Flags didnt have very many associations with some of the major outside corporations. Hopefully this will pay off!

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