Home Improvement E-Commerce Leader Build.com Ranked No. 97 In Latest Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide

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Just prior to its 10th anniversary, Northern California online home improvement retailer jumps 30 spots to break into the top 100

“This ranking shows that we are a very fast-acting, resilient company," said Christian Friedland, founder and President of Build.com. "This resilience will allow us to take share as the economy improves.”

Build.com, Inc. has earned the No. 97 spot in Internet Retailer Magazine’s latest Top 500 rankings. Regarded as one of the top three online home improvement sites, Build.com has combined a strong online presence with aggressive pricing, top-notch customer service and a renewed commitment to social media. Following a record-breaking 2008, Build.com responded with online sales of more than $166 million in 2009, a 63 percent jump from the previous year.

“Over the next year, we’re looking for double-digit growth and the expansion of awareness around the value proposition of Build.com to more and more customers,” said Christian Friedland, founder and President of Build.com.

Friedland started the company in 2000 as FaucetDirect.com, which added a vast network of stores in the ensuing years. The company later became known as ImprovementDirect.com, and recently not only weathered a sputtering economy, but also thrived during a major slowdown in new home building across the country.

“The economy has been difficult overall, and even more difficult for home improvement, due to the housing crisis,” Friedland said. “This ranking shows that we are a very fast-acting, resilient company. This resilience will allow us to take share as the economy improves.”

Build.com still operates a number of network stores, such as FaucetDirect.com, LightingDirect.com and HandleSets.com, as well as niche stores like VentingDirect.com and VentingPipe.com.

About Build.com
Headquartered in Chico, Calif., Build.com has established itself as a groundbreaking and prominent presence in the online home improvement retail space. Build.com creates a unique web experience in the way that it encourages customers to visit a diverse range of “niche” stores within its network. Build.com is among the online category leaders in plumbing, lighting, door hardware, and ventilation. Build.com currently employs more than 200 people and continues to grow and pioneer in the home improvement industry. For more information on Build.com, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.build.com or visit its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BuildDotCom.

Contact: Sean Murphy, Public Relations, Build.com, (800) 375-3403, x476.

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