DIY Home Warehouse Incorporated was the company that operated a chain of Home improvement stores in Northeastern Ohio from 1984-2001. The Company was founded in October 1984 by Clifford Reynolds. Slowly the company expanded (mostly into former Clarkins store locations), by the mid 1990's DIY Home Warehouse was building their new stores from the ground up. In the 1990s DIY Home Improvement and Builders Square were the two main home improvement chains in Northeastern Ohio.
|A paint stirrer from competitor Builders Square.|
At its peak DIY operated 16 stores (all of which were in Northeastern Ohio) and the company employed 1,800 employees. In late the late 1990s National Home Improvement retailers Home Depot and Lowe's moved into the area. This movement started to drain customers from DIY Home Improvement. The new Lowe's and Home Depot stores were larger, had a larger selection, and had lower prices than those at DIY Home Warehouse stores. From then on no more new DIY Home Warehouse locations would open, but instead the number of stores started to slowly decrease. At the time the company stated they were closing all remaining stores (June 19th, 2001), they had only six stores still open. The last of the stores closed in late August 2001.
|A product from DIY Home Warehouse.|
This is the list of the last six stores in operation. I will be back with more locations soon.
- Akron- 3200 South Arlington Street
- Ashtabula- 3201 North Ridge Street East
|How store appeared in January 2013|
- Cleveland- 12800 Brookpark Road
- Eastlake- 34200 Vine Street (Demolished for Walmart)
- Elyria- 1016 East Broad Street
- Warren- 3416 Elm Road Northeast *Still has signage intact as of 2013!*