Menards now looking at fall 2015 opening

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 14, 2015

WARREN — The new Menards store on Van Dyke in Warren looks nearly ready for business, at least from the outside, and is currently “on schedule” to open this fall.

Headquartered in Wisconsin and founded in 1960, Menards sells a wide variety of products, including building materials, hardware, home décor and improvement items, groceries, and pet supplies. Plans for the Warren store were in the works as far back as 2012, when the company submitted a site plan for consideration by the Warren Planning Commission.

At that time, sources said the completion of the real estate transaction — the terms of which were not disclosed — hinged on the approval of a traffic light agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation. As previously reported, a deal was reached with MDOT in September 2012.

In March 2014, Warren Planning Director Ron Wuerth said the company was still “working on the property combination,” and a Menards spokesman said they hoped to open the store in early 2015.

Construction began last year, and the timetable has apparently changed to facilitate an opening this fall.

“We are currently working on interior fixtures, and if all goes as planned, we hope to open in the fall, 2015,” Menards Inc. spokesman Jeff Abbott said June 9 in response to an email inquiry.

The site plan submitted in April 2012 included plans for a 170,000-square-foot store, an open-air warehouse and 180,000 square feet of outdoor sales space. Abbott later said the company’s store would be built in its largest format and that it would house several departments. He said it would also offer a garden center, an appliance area and a line of groceries.

The company’s real estate representative, Mike Simonds, told members of the Warren City Council that Menards would spend about $7 million and add 160 jobs.

Mayor Jim Fouts has applauded the project as an example of commercial investment in Warren, along with Wal-Mart at 12 Mile and Van Dyke; the ongoing redevelopment of the rest of the Tech Plaza shopping center to the immediate east of Wal-Mart; Prestige Cadillac on Van Dyke just north and to the west of City Hall; and up to $1 billion in new investments by General Motors at or near the Tech Center campus.