The building — which will resemble a warehouse, without the usual store markings — is much smaller than an average Home Depot. The chain’s stores run from 60,000- to 150,000-square-feet with an additional 15,000-to-25,000-square-foot garden centers.
One challenge will be making sure the store has the materials the studio might need ‘round the clock, Rieves said. Traditional supplies — nails, wood, paint — won’t be a problem, but it will be harder if the studio blows up more-difficult-to-get materials in a scene that a director later thinks needs to be re-shot and needs new supplies at a moment’s notice.
“We may really have to stretch ourselves,” said Rieves.
The studio is projected to create 3,400 jobs over the next decade. The Pinewood Home Depot location will only need a handful of employees, Rieves said.
Home Depot recently opened a nearby fulfillment center in Locust Grove. The 1 million-square-foot facility will initially employ 125 people, with that number expected to grow to 300, the company said.