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The roof for the Bemidji Menards store is now on the building and the floors are expected to be poured shortly. Construction is on track for an early 2011 opening. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper
The roof for the Bemidji Menards store is now on the building and the floors are expected to be poured shortly. Construction is on track for an early 2011 opening. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Menards on schedule

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Menards is on track for its 2011 opening.

The new business, located at 2600 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. on the former Spaulding Motors site, has a tentative opening date in late February, said Bill Barthelemy, the city of Bemidji's building official.

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"The construction phase is on schedule and we're right where we need to be," said Jeff Abbott, spokesman with Menard Inc., in a press release.

Abbott referenced an expected spring 2011 opening.

The Bemidji Menards will cover 262,000 square feet in the main building, Barthelemy said. There also will be staging areas and outbuildings.

The home improvement store will carry materials and tools for home improvement projects, appliances, pet products and lawn and garden supplies. It also will have convenience groceries.

Abbott noted that the store will serve everyone from the "beginning do-it-yourselfer to the experienced contractor."

Abbott said he could not comment on the number of jobs Menards will bring.

The "Bemidji Menards Mega Store," as Abbott called it, will feature the company's largest format with multiple departments, a full-service lumberyard and garden center, Abbott noted.

"This will be our 37th Minnesota store and is another example of our strong commitment to provide the best in home improvement goods and services plus shopping convenience in this region," he said.

Barthelemy said the roof is now on the building and the floors will be poured shortly.

Construction is right on schedule, if not a bit ahead of schedule, he noted.

The traffic signal that will accompany the Menards project will be located at the entry into Menards and Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest.

Design Electric, the contractor on the project, will begin cutting into the look detectors Thursday and Friday, said Crag Gray, the city's city engineer/public works director.

Poles are expected to be set in place early next week.

"Everything's on track to meet the final completion date of Sept. 30," Gray said.

Once the signal light is installed, it will be "bagged" and covered until Menards opens.

Y bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

The traffic signal that will accompany the Menards project will be located at the entry into Menards and Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest.

Design Electric, the contractor on the project, will begin cutting into the look detectors Thursday and Friday, said Crag Gray, the city's city engineer/public works director.

Poles are expected to be set in place early next week.

"Everything's on track to meet the final completion date of Sept. 30," Gray said.

Once the signal light is installed, it will be "bagged" and covered until Menards opens.

bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

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