Menards St. Peters Location Still on Pace to Open in Spring 2013

The home-improvement chain recently withdrew plans to build a new store on the Lake Saint Louis-O'Fallon border citing President Barack Obama's policies.

The Suburban Journals reported Monday that a Menard's spokesman has blamed President Obama and his administration for Menard's decision to pull the plug on plans to build a new store on Hwy. N south of I-64. Meanwhile the St. Peters store remains on pace to open next year. 

The development would have straddled the O'Fallon-Lake Saint Louis border, with the Menard's store itself in O'Fallon, but part of the parking lot and outlot businesses in Lake Saint Louis.

The Journal quoted an email from Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott: "I'm very sorry, but we are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all small businesses in the USA at present, we have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled."

Patch reported Dec. 6 that documents were included in the agenda packet for that evening's meeting of the O'Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission to to withdraw the applications for the conditional use permit, site plan and rezoning for the project.

While the O'Fallon store is no more, the  Suburban Journals reports St. Peters store remains on pace to open in the spring of 2013. The 162,000 square foot store is being built at Spencer Road, on the south side of Executive Centre Parkway—the store will sit behind the McDonald's at the intersection of Spencer and Mexico Roads. 

Once the store opens, Menard's told the St. Peters Planning and Zoning Commission in March that the store would add 150-200 jobs to the area. Menards, a national chain, began to move into the St. Louis area this spring. If construction remains on schedule, the St. Peters location could be the first Menards in the region to open.


Chad Groharing December 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I have two problems with this: 1) What is the definition of small business to Menard's? They are a NATIONAL CHAIN. 2) Obama was president when they started building this location and that didn't stop them. I think Menard's is full of it.
Don Staten December 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Obama's (and the majority's) policies are not preventing this store location? Must be Menard's double-speak, or their impersonation of a politician, eh? I won't shop there anyway.
George From North O'Fallon December 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Good for St.Peters, but since they decided not to open in O'Fallon I have decided not to ever shop there,,,Lowes & Home Depot are good for me.
Ken Schneider January 27, 2013 at 06:32 AM
I think there was friction over tax revenue between the two cities.
Jake Woods February 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Jobs to the area, a hardware store and actually a decent garden center? I know people like small businesses but no one wanted to open one of those there, so I don't see the issue, gonna come down to customer service for me


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