I'm usually at Home Depot about 8 times a week. This past week I went to HD to pick up a few minor things and talk to the floor folks about pulling off the base molding off my order. I've been going in and buying it, but the estimator had added it. I left it figuring I would pick up all the stuff ahead of it and install it, but realized he didn't spec the same base molding I already had.
Anyway, while I was in there I went by the kitchen section to look at granite for the theater counter. I spoke to a woman who must have been new and she was telling me I need drawings in order to get measured and order granite. I was a little confused since I knew they did their own measurements. After a few questions from me, she passed me to another guy who seemed more knowledgeable, but could get into the system to get me an estimate.He got in, but it kept asking him about the store and some other stuff. Eventually he working on the estimate and it then it stopped him because the cost for the granite was below their minimum of 900.00. After talking to him about it, I would have had to either upgrade the granite or upgrade the edge to hit the minimum. After some back and forth he hands me a printout for an estimate of roughly 1200.00. It would also take 4-5 weeks.
I had gone during lunch, so when I got back to my desk I called a local place. We talked for a bit, I gave him the dimensions, the style edge, etc. He said he'd have a guy come out tomorrow at 9:00 AM and if I wanted to proceed, I could get the granite installed that afternoon. All for about 625.00. Half the price and same day service. I met with the guy yesterday morning and I wasn't available in the afternoon, so they're coming on Monday to put the granite on the counter.