Menards is expanding in Missouri

Menards is planning to open a 162,320-sq.-ft. store in St. Peters, Mo., this spring, according to an article in the Granite City Press Record.

St. Peter will be the first Menards store in St. Charles County, although the Eau Claire, Wis.-based home-improvement chain is also building units in nearby Manchester and O'Fallon, Ill., according to the article.

"We think very highly of this area and believe it's a wonderful market with Midwestern folks and values," company spokesman Jeff Abbott wrote in an email to the newspaper. "We're a small, family-run Midwestern company that shares these same beliefs and values. We felt the great people of (St. Peters) desperately need a better choice for home improvement products."

Menards stores are nearly double in size and offer 40% more products in-store compared with Home Depot and Lowe's, Abbott said. Construction has already begun on the St. Peters store, which is situated on a 26.7-acre parcel. Menards also owns four other lots, ranging from 1.6 acres to 2.2 acres, within the development site and hopes to sell those to other businesses.

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