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Menards drops plans for Wisconsin store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Menards has decided to abandon its plans to build a store in Grafton, Wis., after village officials asked for too many alterations, according to the Milwaukee Journal.

Marv Prochaska, Menards’ vp-real estate, told the newspaper that “it just didn’t make [business] sense” to incorporate all the changes requested by village leaders, including fewer road access points, no outdoor storage and more screening for an adjacent subdivision.

The proposed retail unit, situated on 18 acres, would have measured 162,340 square feet. Menards also wanted an additional 40,608 square feet of storage next to the building in an enclosed structure and a 26,420-square-foot warehouse on the site, according to the news report.

Grafton is located 18 miles north of Milwaukee. Prochaska did not say whether Menards was looking at other nearby sites.

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Fraser announces mill shutdown

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Toronto-based wood pulp company Fraser Papers has announced the closure of a Juniper, New Brunswick-based mill that manufactures pulp-based supplies and lumber products for home builders.

The company will shut down the mill for up to 11 months starting Oct. 5. Fraser cited a weak housing market in the United States, continued oversupply of lumber and a strong Canadian dollar for contributing to Ounsustainable operating losses at the mill.O

In addition, reduced logging activity in recent months has significantly reduced the supply of wood from private lands,O the company said in a statement.

“Despite significant efforts by our employees to minimize costs and improve operations, we have been absorbing significant cash losses at our Juniper sawmill,” said Peter Gordon, president and CEO of Fraser Papers

Fraser said it expects tough market conditions will persist into 2008. The shutdown will impact approximately 175 employees at the mill.

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Home Depot holds grand opening in China

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Home Depot’s long-awaited entry into China became official Aug. 26 with grand opening festivities at rebranded stores in six locations. The former Home Way units, purchased in December 2006, were remodeled and remerchandised, according to the Atlanta-based retailer. Sales associates also received additional training over the past eight months.

Altogether, Home Depot will operate 12 stores in six cities: Tianjin, Beijing, Xi’an, Qingdao, Shenyang and Zhengzhou. 

Annette Verschuren, president of Home Depot Asia and Canada, presided over inaugural ceremonies in Beijing. Also on hand was Yves Chen, president of Home Depot China. 

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