New Menards to Anchor Huge New Eureka Road DevelopmentThe Taylor Planning Commission approved a site plan in March 2015 for a new 300,000-square-foot Menards store on land previously occupied by the Gibraltar Trade Center, which merged operations into a single Mount Clemens' facility. Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. purchased the 84-acre site near I-75 and Eureka Road and the old trade center was demolished. Construction of the home improvement store will begin in spring 2017. The corporate had delayed any new building until after the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Menards owns the entire site and will have control over what other stores locate there. Early plans called for at least two more major retailers and a host of smaller restaurants and businesses. Many have compared Trader's Point to the Fairlane Green in Allen Park. However, the Taylor location will be much bigger and apparently much more diverse.
“We want to make it more of a shopping destination and add to the tax base all in one fell swoop,” said Tom O’Neil, real estate representative for Menard Inc, said at the time of the purchase.The Menards store will occupy the southernmost portion of the land, and its store will create approximately 125 jobs. The City of Taylor employed Sollars an engineering firm, WadeTrim, to study traffic patterns as a result of the new development and others on Eureka Road. Some of those renovations (like major work on Eureka Road between Racho and Allen) were done by Wayne County in 2016 as preparation for the build out. Mayor Rick Sollars said that more streetwork and traffic renovations will be done in the new future.
Menards' announcement has helped make Eureka Road one of the hottest development properties in Michigan. La-Z-Boy will anchor a retail center directly across from Trader's Point. Southland Center has invested tens of millions of dollars in renovations, and has added businesses like Cinemark, Primati Bros and H&M, among many others. Eateries like Bubba's 33, Grimaldi's, Golden Corral, PizzaPapalis, Panera and Qdoba have located nearby, as have the SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park Lumber Liquidators.
Menards operates more than 280 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The family-owned chain operates 24 Michigan locations, primarily in the central, western and southwestern parts of the state.