Handy Dan Home Improvement was one of the first home improvement retailer chains. It went out of business in May, 1989. Handy Dan employed two corporate officers named Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus. Both were fired from Handy Dan in 1978, but then went out to create The Home Depot, which went on to enormous success in the home improvement retail market.
Handy Dan played a major role in getting Texas's religion-based 'blue'laws repealed in 1984 by opening on Sunday and using white price stickers for goods that could be sold seven days a week, and blue price stickers for items that could not be sold on Sunday. 
- "Home Channel News". Readers Respond: Handy Dan, Home Depot and Lowe's. Retrieved 2010-02-24.