The nation's No. 1 home improvement retailer is the valley's favorite, too. Home Depot opened its doors near the Fern Valley interchange in Phoenix in 2006.

The nation's No. 1 home improvement retailer is the valley's favorite, too. Home Depot opened its doors near the Fern Valley interchange in Phoenix in 2006.

The 104,000-square-foot store is augmented by a 31,000-square-foot exterior home and garden center and more than a dozen checkout registers.

Stocking up to 40,000 different kinds of building materials and lawn and garden products, Home Depot stores cater to both do-it-yourselfers and professional customers. Special services include free in-store clinics for honing home improvement skills as well as design and decorating consultation, truck and tool rental and home delivery.

Other favorites: Lowe's and Hubbards Ace Hardware, both of Medford