Lowe’s currently ranks #127 in Global Top 100 Brands and has a $136.7 billion market cap, while Home Depot ranks #85 with a $301.6 billion cap. Home Depot maintains higher corporate culture and work condition rankings by employees than Lowe’s.
The average Lowe’s store has 144,000 square feet of space, whereas Home Depot averages 129,000. Despite having less square footage per store, Home Depot operates 2,287 locations, surpassing Lowe’s with only 2,002.
Home Depot offers better bulk package pricing, which lowers the cost for contractors, and this may be one of the reasons they report 45% of sales coming from professional contract services. Lowe’s, however, only reports 20% to 25% of professional contract sales.
Lowe’s excels in aiding customers with DIY-related questions, they host children’s building clinics twice a month, and they maintain a strong social media presence. Home Depot offers similar clinics for kids, and they have also added events specifically for women.