Menards delays store closing

It is still not clear when the Menards store in Oakdale will be razed to make way for an even bigger store in the same location, but it will not happen in July as previously planned, said Marv Prochaska, Menards’ vice president of real estate.

"We’re working on some things, but it has been pushed back," he said.

Prochaska said the biggest reason for the delay is trying to find other locations to temporarily employ workers from the Oakdale store. "We don’t want to inconvenience the employees too much," he said.

Menards recently demolished its West St. Paul store and relocated a large number of those employees to a new Menards on University Avenue in St. Paul. A West St. Paul store is expected to reopen sometime later this year.

Despite the construction delay in Oakdale, Prochaska said plans still call for a 230,000-square-foot store and garden center to be built on the current site at 3205 Hadley Ave.

Demolition of the existing Menards, which was built in 1979, was originally scheduled to begin sometime after July 4, with a new store opening in spring 2006. Those plans also meant that Floor-n-Decor and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which are both located adjacent to Menards, had to find new locations.

Now that the construction process has been pushed back, Menards has agreed to continue leasing to Floor-n-Decor on a month-to-month contract. Carlson Wagonlit Travel moved its Oakdale office to Woodbury in April.

"We were originally scheduled to be out by the end of May," said Sheila Baumgardner, co-owner of Floor-n-Decor. "(Menards’) original plans have changed...but that’s fine with me because I don’t want to move anyway."

Baumgardner said she continues to look for a new location to move Floor-n-Decor, which has been at its current location since 2001.

"It’s going to take longer than I thought to find a new place, so we’re glad to be staying in this location for now," she said. "We’d love to stay in the Oakdale area."

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