New Menards Anchors Huge New Eureka Road Development
Menards opened in June 2018, the anchor of new 83-acre Trader’s Pointe development near Eureka Road and the I-75. Trader’s Pointe, the largest development in the City since the construction of Southland Mall in the 1960s, will eventually include at least two other major “big box” retailers and many other restaurants and smaller businesses.
"We're super excited," Mayor Rick Sollars said during a brief ceremony on June 25. "I know you guys (at Menards) said you were excited to be here, but the whole City of Taylor and the Downriver area are excited to have you here."
In a ceremony unique to Menards, the company had a two-by-four signed by the various officials on hand and then cut in half by Mayor Sollars -- a cutting of the "ribbon," so to speak. The two-by-four will eventually be displayed inside the store.
Menards, a huge 250,000-square-foot facility on the southern-most end of what is now the development, began planning the site as long ago as 2014. Since the release that Menards would locate in Taylor came so early, many people in the area became impatience waiting for the eventual build out and opening. The parcel was the former home of the Gibraltar Trade Center, which closed and merged with its sister location in Macomb.
The City of Taylor invested in a large traffic study in support of the plan, and Wayne County and Taylor have coordinated efforts to improve Eureka Road. It was repaved from Racho to Allen, and sidewalks were added, along with new traffic signals and other pedestrian-friendly features. The City/county partnership plans to totally renovate and partially enclose the Frank & Poet Drain, along with adding streetscape amenities, in the future.
Menards' General Manager Chris Fisher remarked that everyone on staff had been "busting tail for seven weeks to get ready" to open. Assistant Operations Manager Dave Harrington remarked that the facility was Menards' "biggest, newest prototype store" and the first of its kind in Michigan.
Menards owns the entire 83-acre parcel, and should make other announcements soon. In tandem with the huge renovations at Southland Center under Rouse Properties, the Menards/Trader's Pointe development has created vast new opportunities along Eureka Road, which is currently considered one of the top development corridors in the state of Michigan.
Brands like Wahlburgers, La-Z-Boy, BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, Cinemark, PizzaPapalis, Hilton Home2Suites and many, many others have invested in the corridor, creating a major resurgence in the business community.
Many contractors were invited for the opening night roll out. Also in attendance were City Council members Alex Garza, Tim Woolley, Caroline Patts, Charley Johnson and Butch Ramik; City Clerk Cindy Bower; State Rep. Erika Geiss; and County Commissioner Ray Basham.
Menards is open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 8-8 on Sundays.
BJ’S WHOLESALE WAREHOUSE: 100,000-square-foot retailer coming to Trader’s Pointe, north of Menards
A second huge addition is being added to the new Trader’s Pointe development at I-75 and Eureka Road. Menards opened for business earlier this year, and now a new BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse Club is planned just to the north of Menards on the 83-acre site.
This is BJ’s Wholesale Club’s first venture into the Michigan market, where it is building two new locations. The club is a competitor of Costco Wholesale and Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club, and is usually ranked just as good, if not better than each of them.
This will be a very large, state-of-the-art facility, including 97,000-square-foot building with a fueling station for members located on the property’s northeast corner. Memberships are usually around $50 annually and BJ’s offers a free household card, which means that second member of the household receives a membership for free. Headquartered in Westborough, MA, BJ’s is a leading operator on the East Coast. The company currently operates over 210 clubs in 16 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 25,000.
The company was started by discount department store chain Zayre in 1984, in Massachusetts. Its name was derived from the initials of Beverly Jean Weich, the daughter of Mervyn Weich, the then-president of the new company. (Editor’s Note: BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse Club is not related to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, located in the Southland Center out lot along Eureka Road.)
BJ's offers a variety of special benefits to its members. These include member pricing, a variety of name-brand products at discount wholesale prices, acceptance of all valid manufacturers’ coupons and acceptance of many forms of payment. Business members may apply to purchase BJ's products for resale, and nonprofit organizations members may apply for tax-exempt privileges (where applicable). It is uncertain at this point exactly what special services this location will offer to members. Across the chain, it has offered things like car rentals, home heating oil, optical services, propane filling and even vacation packages – but these services vary from location to location.