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Menards grand openings set for April 9

BY Ken Clark

Two Menards stores are set to open April 9 near St. Louis — one in St. Peter’s, Mo., and the other in O’Fallen, Ill.

“We’re pleased that we were able to build a new Menards store at this location in St. Peters and will do our best to work hard each and every day to provide a great shopping experience for our customers," said Ryan Gawinski, St. Peters, Menards general manager in a press release. ‘We want to make a real positive impression on everyone starting Tuesday.” 

The openings add to Menards’ presence in the St. Louis area. It already has five stores within three hours driving distance of St. Louis on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. It has six others on the Illinois side within about two hours drive time.

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Maker of backyard playset points to sustainability

BY Ken Clark

Woodplay Playsets, maker of backyard swing sets, says its supplier of California redwood received a conservation award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The company also announced that its swing sets "are now made using lumber that’s certified sustainable."

California redwood makes an ideal material for backyard swing sets because it resists disease and decay and shrinks less than other woods, according to the company.

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Home Depot prepares for Spring Black Friday

BY Ken Clark

The Home Depot will implement its fourth annual Spring Black Friday event, which it describes as a weekend of regional savings on hundreds.

The sales begin April 4.           

"We see increased traffic in our stores during the spring season as customers kick-off their home improvement projects," said Craig Menear, executive VP merchandising. "In a recovering housing market, we know our consumers are continuing to look for ways to affordably improve their homes.”

Like the traditional Black Friday that occurs the day after Thanksgiving to unofficially start the holiday shopping season, The Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday marks the start of home improvement’s busiest shopping season, spring, the company said.

The event puts emphasis on categories such as live goods and lawn care, outdoor power, eco-friendly gardening products, and patio and grills. 

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