Have you seen a difference in Home Depot and Lowes Customer Service?

In recent months I've noticed two things about Home Depot and Lowes in the Washington DC area. First, the stores are less crowded....no big surprises there.

The second is that Home Depot and Lowes Associates are at the front of every aisle at certain times of the day and are very eager to help customers. Perhaps we customers are in such short supply that we're valued more than we were before.

I'm wondering also if some of you just quit Home Depot or Lowes altogether because you got tired of the poor or spotty customer service. Are you shopping elsewhere and if so where? What would it take to get you back?

Finally, if you've noticed changes are you pleased with them or have things gotten worse. What stores are the best and worst in your area? Thanks for sharing.