Hardware chain Menard considers Livonia for first metro Detroit store

Posted on February 7, 2012

Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menard Inc. is considering Livonia for its first metro Detroit store.

The hardware store chain seeks a rezoning of property at 12701 Middlebelt in Livonia from light manufacturing to general business.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Feb. 14 at Livonia’s City Hall. The rezoning request then will go before the Livonia City Council.

The family-owned company, founding in 1960, operates more than 250 Menards stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to its website.

Its nine Michigan stores are primarily on the west side of the state and in the Lansing area.

Menard sought a rezoning request in Pittsfield Township in December 2010, but the township denied the request last spring, saying it was inconsistent with the township’s land use plan.

Rather than locate along major corridors and intersections to the north of I-94, Menard sought rezoning for a parcel on Carpenter Road in an area the township had assigned for light industrial because it is removed from residential areas.