Work started in June 2017 on the new Menards and Trader’s Point development, located on the old Gibraltar Trade Center property (Eureka Road between Racho and I-75). McConnell Excavating is on location, doing above-ground preparatory work for the construction. Staff from McConnell said the company is working on several different Menards’ locations across a handful of states. Now that they have started, expect construction to briskly move forward, they said.
Despite being announced several years ago, the long-awaited Menards’ development was always scheduled to begin this spring. Mayor Rick Sollars confirmed the schedule during a telephone call earlier this year with officials from the company, which had delayed some construction nationwide awaiting the results of the November 2016 Presidential Election. Menards plans to build a 300,000-square-foot store on southern portion of the acreage.
"This is a really exciting time in Taylor," Mayor Sollars said. "We announced the Menards’ location several years ago, and we’ve all waited patiently for the actual construction to begin. This is great news for Eureka Road, for our city and for our region. This is the type of development that increases tax base and creates jobs. It’ll really be something to see when it all gets put into place."
Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. purchased the entire 84-acre site. It owns and controls the entire site. According to previous reports, the Menards’ store alone will create about 125 jobs. Typically, Menards establishes a footprint for its stores and sells adjacent out-lots to gas stations, restaurants and other retailers to bring more customers to the site. The entire site is expected to house at least two more major box big businesses as well as small restaurants and retailers on the northern-most edge of the property, near Eureka Road.