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Biography on CNBC Home Depot

Do It Yourself Success

When Home Depot's founders were fired from Handy Dan in the late 1970's, they put on their tool belts and went to work on a new concept. After the Home Depot's disappointing opening day when "nobody came," the do-it-yourself center goes on to become the fastest growing retailer in U.S. history.

On opening day, why did Home Depot have 1,700 empty paint cans on display?