confirmed earlier this week that after several months of discussion, there would not be a built in Hartland Township.
In an email to Hartland Patch, Jeff Abbott, a spokesperson for Menard, Inc., said that the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.
“We had wanted to build a store for many years in Hartland Township but were unable to come to an agreement with the Township Fathers about the site plan and fancy aesthetic improvements they were demanding that would have cost us huge dollars up front and more dollars down the road to maintain,” Abbott wrote in an email. “It’s disappointing because we felt that we gave it an honest effort but there were just too many obstacles.”
When asked about Menards statement, Hartland Township supervisor Bill Fountain said that he didn't want to get into a disussion of "he said, she said," but did explain that for any type of development there would need to be a site plan, regardless of what went into the location.
“We’re always willing to work with all developers,” Fountain said. “And if Menards wants to come back and still continue forward, we look forward to working with them.”
Abbott said that the company decided to terminate the contract on Hartland Township land and have decided to build new stores in Port Huron Township, Chesterfield Township and the City of Livonia.
“All of whom allowed us to build stores with beautiful, but still practical facades that make economic sense,” Abbott wrote.