Menards home improvement chain targets Metro Detroit for expansion
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.