Menards to Build Large Home Improvement Store in Williston
A popular home improvement store has unveiled plans for a new store in Williston.
Menards officials submitted building plans for a new 209,630 square foot retail store on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
"We literally just got the plans by UPS an hour ago," said Kelly Aberle, City of Williston Building Department, at 2:30 p.m.
Menards will be located at the Sand Creek Town Centre, a regional shopping district located in west Williston. Sand Creek is being developed by the Granite Peak Development Company.
"This is a huge step for retail development in Williston," said Terry Metzler, Granite Peak Development. "We have had a lot of retailers waiting for Menards to pull the trigger and now we expect many of them to begin construction in the very near term."
City officials said they were pleased with the progress that was being made by Menards.
"This is kind of like our field of dreams. If you build it they will come," said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. "Now we need to support it."
Plans indicate the home improvement store will be approximately 209,630 square feet with an additional 72,596 square feet for a lumber yard and cold storage. The site will also include parking space for about 420 vehicles.
"I am just glad that retail in that area is developing," said Klug. "Construction on 32nd Avenue will be completed soon and that will provide good connectivity between the residential and retail developments in west Williston."
Aberle said it typically takes 4 to 6 weeks to process the building plans and permit application. In the meantime, she believes Menards has applied for a site grading permit and could begin moving dirt this summer.