Menards Adding Superstores In Michigan

Michigan garden retailers are getting more — and bigger — big box competition this year.

A story in The Detroit News reports that Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is adding new “super-sized” store locations in the Detroit area and throughout the state. The company currently has 23 locations in Michigan and a total of 270 home-improvement stores in the Midwest.

The story reports that all of Menards’ new stores are being built with a large footprint. The new Davison, Mich., store, for example, is estimated to be 240,000 square feet.

“By comparison, Meijer and Walmart superstores come in around 180,000 square feet on average. To put it in perspective, the Menards stores are almost double in size and offer nearly 40 percent more products in-store when compared to Home Depot and Lowe’s,” a company spokesman tells The Detroit News.

The new Menards stores appear to be taking on The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart with an even broader set of offerings. The Detroit News story says the new stores will have “wide aisles, full-service lumberyards, climate-controlled garden centers and sizable paint, doors, lighting, plumbing and related departments. Menards also carries name brand appliances, pet and wildlife products, lawn and garden supplies and even a small line of convenience groceries for a one-stop shopping experience.”

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