From ground being moved in October to a massive structure now under roof, the Menards home improvement center along a stretch of Ring Road has taken shape over the last few months, often with a seven-day work week.
When the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company opens the one-story, 249,884-square-foot building could be left to how well the area and state handles the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Construction of our new Elizabethtown Menards home improvement store is ongoing,” said Jeff Abbott, a spokesman for Menards, in an email. “With all the uncertainty surrounding the virus these days, no official timeline has been established as to when we might actually be able to open this new store.”
In February, he said company officials were targeting an opening of early fall.
Numerous signs have been placed on the front of Menards, which operates more than 300 stores in 14 states, including two Kentucky locations. Roadways are in place in front of the store along with entrance and exits from the property onto Ring Road across from American Legion Post 113.
Abbott has said Menards expects to hire dozens of full-time and part-time employees for a variety of positions.
In February 2016, Menards initially had its development plan approved by the Elizabethtown Planning and Zoning Commission, and they received at least two development extensions before presenting a revised plan last 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.
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 with workers often found on site during weekends.
The store, which offers a variety of products such as tools, cabinets, hardware, plumbing supplies, flooring, appliances, lumber, paint and groceries, has been built on more than 25 acres and is part a development to be known as Shaw Creek Commons.
There also are outparcel lots available in front of Menards, allowing for further commercial development along Ring Road.
“We’re excited about building a new Menards home improvement store in this region and look forward to creating job opportunities and contributing to the region’s economic growth in the years ahead,” Abbott said.
According to property records in the county clerk’s office, Menards paid more than $5 million for the 38.5-acre site.
According to Menards’ website, it operates stores in Owensboro and Florence. The closest Menards to Elizabethtown, according to the website, is in Jeffersonville, Indiana.