The landscape on Fremont’s east side is undergoing a change.
Menards Inc. began construction last week of its new 203,000-square-foot store near the U.S. Highway 275 and 23rd Street interchange.
When finished, the store will look similar to current stores Menards builds, the building plans filed with the City of Fremont show. The main entrance will have a northwoods lodge look and a garden center will be on the south side of the store.
Plans call for about 158,000 square feet of retail space in the main store with another 28,000 in the garden center. Other parts of the building will be used for such things as shipping/receiving and storage.
Menards’ building permit shows the cost of the new store at nearly $6.3 million.
Tom O’Neil of Menards’ real estate development office said the company does not have an anticipated date of opening yet, but it could be in late 2010.
“Our stores do take a considerable amount of time to construct,” O’Neil said.
Menards purchased the nearly 43-acre site in 2005 and filed a preliminary plat with the city which showed an area for the new store and 13 commercial lots. Two of those lots — Oak Tree Inn and Penny’s Diner — have been developed.
Preliminary earth work began on the site in July. At the time, O’Neil said the company hoped to have the store open by December 2010.
Michael Biedenbender, field superintendent for contractor Doran Construction of Bloomington, Minn., said that despite recent wet conditions, the project is proceeding as planned.
Biedenbender added that around 90 percent of contracted labor is local to the Fremont and Omaha areas.
Menards is a Wisconsin-based home improvement and hardware chain with locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wyoming.