DAVISON TWP. — Menards, 7410 E. Court St., opened for business Monday night after a brief “board cutting” ceremony held just inside the main entrance to the 240,000-square-foot store.
The May 16 ceremony, which involved the cutting of a piece of lumber instead of the traditional ribbon, marked the end of more than three years of planning, construction and outfitting of the chain’s 262nd store.
The store is located just off the Irish Road exit from I-69.
“On behalf of the Davison Township board, I take great pleasure in welcoming Menards to our community,” said Supervisor Kurt Soper, just moments before he used an electric-saw to cut the ceremonial board. “And wow! What a beautiful store and a great addition to our community.”
Jim Coyer, general manager of the Davison Menards, welcomed officials and shoppers during the event and said he and his team are eager to meet the home improvement needs of the community.
“We have 180 team members (employees) who are really excited to serve you,” Coyer told a crowd gathered for the official opening of the store. “We hope you like what you see, we worked hard to get the store ready for you.”
Coyer and Dennis Dixon, operations manager for the Menards chain, said the employees hired to staff the Davison store have been a good group to work with and have proven themselves hard-working and dedicated throughout the set-up and training process in past weeks.
Marcia Gilbert of Metamora, who was working Monday night at the front desk, said she was the first one in line the day Menards started hiring for the store.
Arriving at 3 a.m, Gilbert said there was no one else there when she started her wait.
Gilbert said she has spent the past five weeks training and helping stock the store and has enjoyed the entire process.
“This is really a good bunch of managers, they are a lot of fun,” she said. “And they have a lot of patience.”
The store features building materials, landscaping supplies, furniture, doors, cabinets, appliances, wall-coverings, flooring, plumbing, electrical, lighting, hardware and other home improvement products. The store also sells some food and beverage items and household goods.
Dixon said the store will hold a public grand opening this weekend and will feature appearances next week by NASCAR drivers Richard Childress and Jeff Burton, Detroit Lion tight end Brandon Pettigrew and baseball great Mickey Lolich.
Dixon said they hope to have some of the official race cars present as well and there may possibly be a visit by NASCAR driver Paul Menard, son of Menard’s founder John Menard, Jr.
Store hours are Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. an Sundays 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Details: 810-653-8618.