Menards is mum on $5 million land purchase
Home improvement retailer Menards isn’t saying why it bought the 2.2-acre property next to its store in Richfield, Minn., according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But there’s much speculation that the Eau Claire, Wis.-based retailer, which has torn down other stores and rebuilt bigger units, might have the same plans in Richfield, a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin cities.
Menards paid $5 million for the land, which currently holds a Chinese restaurant. A Richfield city official said that the retailer has already expressed an interest in expanding its local store. Last month, Menards opened a teardown/rebuild unit in Eden Prairie, Minn., and the company is getting ready to raze a 128,000-sq.-ft. store in Golden Valley and replace it with a two-story, 250,000-sq.-ft. store, according to the newspaper.
In Quebec, RONA opens 17th Reno-Depot store
Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA opened a new Reno-Depot store in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The 102,000-sq.-ft. store is part of the company’s "new generation" of stores.
The store is the 17th to carry the Reno-Depot banner. At the center of the store is the Project Space, a consultation area where customers can meet with experienced advisers — called Project Guides — to discuss their renovation projects.
The central aisle is lined with boutiques offering various decoration and finishing products, such as flooring, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms, paint, interior decoration and storage. The storage boutique, an emerging priority for consumers, is located near the entrance to the store.
"RONA is proud to continue developing its network and to offer the people of Vaudreuil-Dorion a big-box store with an innovative concept, built to meet the criteria of the LEED system for new construction," said Robert Dutton, RONA president and CEO.
Behr “Paints the Town,” literally
The City of Meadows Place, Texas, will receive special paint privileges from Behr Process Corp. through an unusual partnership and promotion.
Under the deal, Behr’s products and colors will become the official paint standard for building exteriors in the one-square-mile city.
Through this partnership, Behr will be supporting the city’s initiative to use Behr paint throughout its community by supplying exterior paint for 10 residential homes, paint and labor for three of those homes, and expert counsel on local contractors, among other painting resources.
"Behr is proud to partner with City of Meadows Place," said Joe Richardson, senior VP professional products and services for Behr, a division of Masco Corp. "We’re honored that an exemplary city such as City of Meadows Place has selected our quality painting products as the official paint standard for its building exteriors. We are happy that we can help the city create and maintain a distinct and exceptional community through building preservation and aesthetic updates."
The mayor of City of Meadows Place, Charles Jessup, made the link between quality paint and property values, and intends to create a "city ordinance specifying the color combinations listed in the Behr Exterior Color Card as the pre-approved standard for all homes within the city."