Those who are excited about there being a Menards in Washtenaw County will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate starting today and running through to October 4, as the company’s 292nd location is hosting a number of prize giveaways, product demonstrations and even celebrity appearances including the likes of Red Wing Chris Chelios and Detroit Lion Herman Moore.
The new location can be found at 6405 Jackson Road in Scio Township, south of I-94. The spacious 242,000 square foot location includes all of the amenities and other inclusions that Menards fans appreciate in the company’s storefronts.
The Washtenaw County location has some features and configurations that make it unique within the company, beyond those things that people seek the brand out for, such as the product mix of hardware, groceries and even entertainment merchandise, competitively low prices and regular specials.
“The biggest differentiation in this location is that we’re going to have our millwork and building materials all in one area kind of to make it convenient for our guests,” said Menards Ann Arbor’s General Manager Mark Blumberg, who was chosen from the company’s management team in Illinois to come to Michigan to lead the company’s unique new location.
“Our guests will be able to instead of going around the store to get all the parts they can get it all in one area. We’ve got a bigger selection than a lot of other stores, even Menards stores and any other store that’s in the area,” he said.
With the building trades being what they are in Washtenaw County and the DIY spirit of the folks who live in the more rural parts of the county, the arrival of Menards also means there’s a new major lumberyard competing in that market with Chelsea Lumber Company and Carter Lumber.
Those who want to check out the newest major retailer in town have until 10 p.m. to visit tonight or can do so tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The following guests will be available for the public to meet during the grand opening celebration:
Larry Menard, one of the Menard family members Mon., Sept. 28th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Menards is a family-owned and family-run business since 1958. Shake hands with one of the Menard family members as Larry Menard will be at the store to share many stories about the history of Menards.
Chris Chelios, former Detroit Red Wings Defenseman Mon, Sept. 28th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Two free autographs) Upon retirement in 2010, Chris Chelios held the record for most games played by an NHL defenseman with 1,651and was tied with Gordy Howe for most seasons played with 26. A consistent All-Star performer, Chelios played in several international competitions and with four NHL teams. His decorated career included Stanley Cup Titles in 2002 and 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings. Chelios was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and remains involved with the Red Wings as an Executive Advisor.
Herman Moore, former Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Wed., Sept. 30th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Two free autographs) After a record-setting career at the University of Virginia, Herman Moore was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Moore was one of the most athletic wide receivers in pro football history, selected four times to the NFL Pro Bowl team. Moore finished his 12-year NFL career with 670 receptions for 9,174 years and 62 touchdowns.
Mike Hart, former Michigan Wolverines Running Back, Thur., Oct. 1st from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Two free autographs) Playing from 2004 to 2007, Mike Hart holds the Michigan Wolverines career rushing record with 5,040 yards. Hart was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL draft and spent three years with the team before returning to college football as an assistant coach. Hart spent three seasons coaching at Eastern Michigan and is currently the running backs coach at Western Michigan.
John Gage, Chainsaw Carver Sat., & Sun., Oct. 3rd & 4th (9 a.m.– 5 p.m. daily) Come and watch legendary chainsaw artist, John Gage, make wood carvings from simple logs. Representing Remington Chainsaws, Gage is well-known throughout the Midwest as a personable and talented artist. Gage’s carvings will be available for public sale.
Thur., Oct. 1st & Fri., Oct. 2nd (12 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily) #27 Paul Menard’s Car & #88 Matt Crafton’s Truck on Display This is a great opportunity to see a real NASCAR Race Car and Race Truck up close. Bring the entire family and take a photo with the vehicles. There will also be racing merchandise for sale at the display.