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Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 9:54 a.m.

Menards home improvement chain targets Metro Detroit for expansion

By Lizzy Alfs

Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is eyeing Metro Detroit as the company methodically grows its store count, the Detroit News reported.


Menards is growing its store count in Michigan by targeting the previously untapped Metro Detroit area.

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The 50-year-old company opened its first Metro Detroit store in February in Chesterfield Township, and a store in Livonia is under construction. Menards is also in the process of trying to build a store on Jackson Road in Scio Township. Site plan approval is required before the company can move forward with construction.

"We wanted to provide more access and better shopping convenience for the good folks of the Metro Detroit area,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott told the Detroit News.

Many of the company’s new stores are being built in a super-sized model, at an estimated 240,000 square feet, the report says. The larger design positions Menards to compete against home improvement giants Lowe’s and Home Depot by offering more products in-store.

The proposed Ann Arbor area store, which is about one mile west of Lowe’s, would be about 162,000 square feet with a lumberyard.

Menards operates more than 270 stores in 14 states, including 23 stores in Michigan. A store in Three Rivers opened in April and a store in Port Huron is scheduled to open this summer.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

Wow, Michigan ?


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

The Menards in Livonia is being built across the street from Home Depot. I guess they plan to outslug them with the bigger store.


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 4:57 p.m.

If I remember correctly from Business class it is termed competive advantage. At any rate consumers should see some bargains as they try to gain/keep customers


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

Funny how just down the road on Jackson from the new location there must be a least 6 different car dealerships!


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

No thanks....we don't need any more crazy business leaders in this area http://johnmenardjr.crazybillionaire .org/johnmenardjr.php


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 4 p.m.

Thanks for the link - now I know where I won't be shopping for hardware (especially noted the rather awful, wal-martish environmental record, found toward the article's end).


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

Both locations will probably be built before the one on Jackson road even gets started. They've only been waiting over a year for some progress.