Sitting off Ring Road across from American Legion Post 113 with residential housing behind it, work continued Tuesday on the Menards home improvement center as a light rain fell on workers on muddy grounds.
Jeff Abbott, a spokesman for Menards, said in an email that the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company expects to be “ready to open sometime in early fall 2020.”
Menards has more than 300 stores in 14 states including Kentucky.
Abbott said Menards expects to hire dozens of full-time and part-time employees for a variety of positions in midsummer. He said information about openings will be available at Menards.com.
The City of Elizabethtown approved a $13.5 million construction permit in early November and the moving of dirt and building of the exterior soon began. On Tuesday, as tractors slowly moved on the grounds, lights could be seen inside the main building where work continued.
In April, the Elizabethtown Planning Commission approved a revised development plan for the store that initially proposed a development to be known as Shaw Creek Commons.
The store, which offers a variety of products such as tools, cabinets, hardware, plumbing supplies, flooring, appliances, lumber, paint and groceries, will be a one-story, 249,884-square-foot building. It will be built on more than 25 acres across from the entrance to Shaw Creek Subdivision off Ring Road.
The company paid more than $5 million for the 38.5-acre site, according to property records in the county clerk’s office.
There also will be outparcel lots in front of Menards, allowing for further commercial development along Ring Road.
The revised development plan had three primary changes from the original — moving the garden center to the west side of the property, flipping the store layout and moving one of the two Ring Road entrances.
It was in February 2016 when Menards initially had its development plan approved by the planning commission. It received at least two development extensions before presenting a revised plan earlier this year.
An oil transmission line owned by Sunoco that crosses a portion of the property adjacent to Severns Valley Baptist Church prompted some of the delays.
Abbott promoted Menards ability to meet the needs of customers.
“Menards is truly a one-stop shop for all of your home improvement needs featuring a full-service lumberyard and everything you need to plan a renovation or build a home, garage, cabin, shed, deck, fence or post frame building,” he wrote. “Menards also has everyday essentials like health and beauty products, housewares, pet and wildlife supplies, automotive items and even groceries.”
He said at Christmas, Menards offers an Enchanted Forest display area with trees, lighting, decorations, ornaments, inflatables and more.
“We’re excited about building a new Menards home improvement store in Elizabethtown and look forward to creating job opportunities and contributing to the region’s economic growth in the years ahead,” Abbott said.
According to Menards’ website, its two Kentucky locations are in Owensboro and Florence. The closest Menards to Elizabethtown, according to the website, is in Jeffersonville, Indiana.