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Menards Coming to Williston

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There are plenty of jobs available in Williston, but what the city needs is more stores.

     One is on the way, and it will be one of the biggest of that particular chain in the country.

     And it could also help Williston to continue to build.


The Sand Creek Town Center sign is empty now, but it will be full of businesses soon, including Menards. Long time residents are excited for what the store will bring to town.


     "I think that they have a lot of home goods that will be available to us that we don't have now. The gardening center, I've bought quite a few things at the gardening center," said Williston Resident Dory Harstad.


City leaders say having a store like Menards in the community will help the already booming economy.


     "Obviously we're losing a lot of retail to Minot, at the present time. Menards being one of the major draws," said Director of Economic Development Tom Rolfstad.


Rolfstad says when the store opens, people will likely be driving in several hundred miles from Montana to shop at Menards.


     "Menards will just bring in a more variety of components that people will want to use in home development and/or decorating," added Rolfstad.


The store won't be scaled down at all, intact it will be anything but small. The new Menards store will sit atop sand creek town center and take up 18 acres.


     "It kind of says to other retailers that, hey this is a real town, and once they start seeing the kind of sales results Menards has, they're going to say hey we need to be in Williston too," Rolfstad added.


A ground breaking date has not been set yet because there are a few issues that still need to be worked out.


     "The interchange on Highway 2 with DOT, we need to get that finalized. Secondly the road going north on 32nd, well go all the way up to 26th street there at harvest hills," added Rolfstad.


Some dirt needs to be moved around in Sand Creek Town Center because the store is going to be bigger than expected. Rolfstad says he is hoping for a fall ground breaking, but the worst case scenario will be next spring. When the store opens, Harsted says Williston will benefit immediately.


     "It will probably be one of the shopping stopping off points," Harstad added.


Rolfstad says next year will be an even bigger year for retail.



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