I’ve been asked several times this week, “Just how big is Yankton’s Menards? I heard it is the biggest in the state.”
In order to get an answer to the question, I turned to company spokesperson Jeff Abbott. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any definitive answers.
As for just how big the store is, Jeff said, “Over 200,000 square feet.” The exact figure, he stated, is not available.
And is it the biggest in the state? All Abbott would say is, “This store was built in the same large format as the other stores we’ve been building throughout the Midwest in the past several years.”
So yeah, he basically just left us all hanging. I couldn’t get him to be more specific during the course of a couple emails.
If you’re interested in just how large Menards stores can be, Wikipedia (assuming its information is correct) has some answers:
In 2007, the 240,000 sq ft (22,000 m2) and larger Menards stores began selling groceries. By adding a second story mezzanine for less often accessed items, space can be made for groceries on the main floor.
In March 2005, the company opened the first 2-story, 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) Menards megastore in St. Paul, Minnesota. It followed in November 2006 with another 2-story store in Hodgkins, Illinois. In March 2009, Menards opened its flagship megastore in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. The Waukesha megastore is the largest Menards in the United States and has two glass elevators, two massive industrial escalators, and a snack shop.
This still doesn’t get at how Yankton’s Menards store stacks up against all the others in South Dakota, but readers may find it interesting all the same. In January, the Minneapolis Star Tribute wrote a story about Menards’ success:
With its homespun persona and catchy jingle, Menard Inc. over the years has successfully fended off challenges from national big-box competitors like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
So much so, that the Wisconsin-based home improvement retailer, known for its “Save Big Money at Menards” tune, is now building its own big boxes. And by big, we mean big.
Last year, Menards debuted the conversion of its Eden Prairie location into a 235,000-square-foot, two-floor behemoth that makes a Costco or Wal-Mart Supercenter look modest by comparison. The company, which operates 37 stores in Minnesota, is also supersizing its original 128,000-square-foot Golden Valley location to 250,000 square feet, modeled after a similar two-level store in St. Paul. The Golden Valley store will reopen this spring.
The retailer also paid $5 million for a 2.2-acre lot next to its Richfield store, which it will begin tearing down in a few months. The company now boasts 262 stores in 13 states, mostly in the Midwest.
Menards has accomplished several contradictory feats: It builds stores of enormous size at a time when retailers are downsizing, while also maintaining its reputation as a salt-of-the-earth, family-owned business. The retailer has somehow merged intimacy and big box into the same sentence, retail observers say.
Target and Best Buy may be based in Minnesota, but Menards has seemingly done a better job ingratiating itself with the community, said Burt Flickinger III, managing director of Strategic Resource Group, a consulting firm in New York.
“Menards enjoys the hometown advantage wherever it goes,” Flickinger said.
The company did not release financial data and declined to make any executives available for interviews. But experts suspect Menards is gaining market share against Lowe’s and Home Depot, by far the industry leaders with 40 percent of the $300 billion home improvement market.
Read the rest here.