Menards Pulls Plug on O'Fallon Store, St. Peters Location Still on Pace to Open in Spring 2013

The home-improvement chain recently withdrew plans to build a new store on the Lake Saint Louis-O'Fallon border citing President Barack Obama's policies.

The Suburban Journals reported Monday that a Menard's spokesman has blamed President Obama and his administration for Menard's decision to pull the plug on plans to build a new store on Hwy. N south of I-64. Meanwhile the St. Peters store remains on pace to open next year. 

The development would have straddled the O'Fallon-Lake Saint Louis border, with the Menard's store itself in O'Fallon, but part of the parking lot and outlot businesses in Lake Saint Louis.

The Journal quoted an email from Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott: "I'm very sorry, but we are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all small businesses in the USA at present, we have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled."

Patch reported Dec. 6 that documents were included in the agenda packet for that evening's meeting of the O'Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission to to withdraw the applications for the conditional use permit, site plan and rezoning for the project.

While the O'Fallon store is no more, the  Suburban Journals reports St. Peters store remains on pace to open in the spring of 2013. The 162,000 square foot store is being built at Spencer Road, on the south side of Executive Centre Parkway—the store will sit behind the McDonald's at the intersection of Spencer and Mexico Roads. 

Once the store opens, Menard's told the St. Peters Planning and Zoning Commission in March that the store would add 150-200 jobs to the area. Menards, a national chain, began to move into the St. Louis area this spring. If construction remains on schedule, the St. Peters location could be the first Menards in the region to open.


Rick H December 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
another one bites the dust!
Rick H December 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
John Durajczyk December 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
What a cop-out! And what a sniveling spokes-person that wouldn't identify him or herself. Small, family business, my aching butt! Does 250 stores sound small to you? Is $7-8 BILLION IN SALES sound like a Mom & Pop shop? They insure no-one of the hourly employees, make them buy their own uniforms and tools for their jobs, pay them poorly (a hair over minimum wage) and now he's gonna lay at Obama's doorstep why they dropped their O'Fallon/LSL plans? John Menard is a tightwad. It's a family owned company because they don't want to share their success with investors who might make a demand of the company. Screw them, I want it all and you little people are lucky I let you have a crumb......the ultimate Ebenezer Screw-ge. I wonder what O'Fallon/LSL was trying to extract from Menards.....I'm sure that's Obama's fault too.
Jill December 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Well said, John. Menards a family owned small business is far from the truth. Sick of hearing business owner using Obama's policies as a scape goat. Selfish business owners who want more for themselves and dont want to take responsibilty for their employees.
katie December 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
They insure no-one of the hourly employees (oops - might want to run grammer check / spell check here)
Rick B December 18, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Who forces these employees to work there? No one. If workers feel like they should be entitled to health insurance then they can go look for work elsewhere that does have that entitlement. Right now we don't even know what is going to happen fiscally in this country with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. It would be irresponsible of a company to go through with plans when there is this much uncertainty in the economy. I'd shop at Menard's because they haven't sold out to investors. When I was in high school and worked at Fazoli's I had no insurance provided to me, I paid for my uniform, and I got a few cents per hour over minimum wage. It taught me to work hard and recognize the value of higher education. If someone has the desire to turn that into their career then that is their right. You sound like the typical pissed off democrat because someone is profiting in the free market while paying employees a market rate. Just keep this in mind, nobody is holding a gun to these peoples' heads making them work for Menard's.
Rick H December 19, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Rick B - there seems to be a nail head that you just hit! However, don't expect the entitlement group to agree.
Russ Mreen December 19, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I guess that you shouldn't shop at Sears Hardware in O'Fallon either. Sears Holding Co. sold it to an group from California. I lost all vacation time, holiday pay, health insurance and any pay raises because of this. Welcome to the new economy.
Joe Koncz January 02, 2013 at 08:42 PM
you hit the nail on the head with your comment John! I am sick of the rich Republicans taking advantage of the workers who slave to make them their fortunes. It is said the Walton Family are richer then the combined worth of something like 45% of the population?
Rick H January 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I guess we should all stop shopping at Wal-Mart since Joe k. is tired of those rich Republicans are taking advantage of those poor “workers who slave to make them their fortunes”. He has heard it said that the Walton’s are richer than 45% of the population. The family collectively is worth $102.7 billion. The company owns 4,253 store and employs 2,000,000 people. I think we should shut them down – close the doors and send everyone home! Joe K. is tire of rich Republicans having to slave for them. I’m tired of Democrats always whining about how they are so mistreated. If you don’t like the situation than do something constructive (not whine) to change it – like invest every cent you have – start your own business - hire people and make sure that they make more than you do.
feeling smurfy February 12, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Well said Rick!!!!!


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