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Menards: 'Gave Honest Effort' Toward Hartland Location

Menards said that too many obstacles was a reason for terminating their contract with Hartland Township.

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.

NotLazy August 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I wonder if Fountains wife is going to make the Kids recreation center look as nice he wanted Menards to look. Funny how she is in charge of the Kids rec center, should'nt that be a conflict of interest?
Michael A Rosinski August 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Too bad on that Hartland......the local economy could have used the boost of that additional store! I'm so busy with my 3 kids/etc, soccer, cub scouts, wor, etc. Yet looks like I'll need to get more involved with the local twp meetings and see more first hand for myself their decision process, and avg joe citizen input into that.
Vernetta Nunnery August 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
We needed Menards and was looking so forward to it being built. We have to go to Clio now . It would have been a great addition to the Hartland stores. Maybe we need to think about this when we vote in November!
Peggy Seebaldt August 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Vernetta l. The vote for the Township board already happened the beginning of August.
Sheila Nicholas August 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Shame on Hartland for blocking this..... We need to get stores in there and making it difficult for those trying to do so is certainly not the way to go! I guess we will continue to look at empty fields.
rj hammer August 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Stupid move in Hartland-Menard's is a destination store, where people will drive a long distance and need meals, desserts and gasoline on their way back home, a big loss for Hartlands stores and restaurants, because of a greedy board, who, apprently thought they could demand a fancy building.
Angela August 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Too bad Menards didn't see fit to comment on this before the elections. We could have certainly helped them by removing some "obstacles."
DON August 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM
We should have been able to vote on the Menards, not up to one person. I sure could have used a job! Familly too! I hope my empty forclosed home looks good to hartland township. We have to drive miles for a good hardware and at the price of gas! How much did the big box store pay you off to keep Menards out? Or is it the other way around? Time to vote for a house cleaning at Hartland township.
hartland eagle August 19, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Good for the board! If only previous boards had aestheic standards in place and stuck to them, we wouldn't have eyesores like the apartment complex on M59. BTW, the area can't support another home improvement store anyway.
DON August 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Everbody knows Lowes follows Walmart.
Go Eagles!!!! August 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Well I personally think that Menards would be a better store than the wonderful I sore we have now...WALMART!!!! Who voted that nice fancy store in? They did a great job. looks like that will fall down within the next to years...GREAT JOB....way to go board keep it up mini Detroit movin on up....
Susan B. August 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM
One of the major stumbling blocks was the "outdoor" lumber yard. The board refused to allow it with out major changes. I've been to both the Lansing and the Grand Ledge stores and their layouts and outside appearance are well maintained and the "lumber yard" appropriately coordinated with the surrounding area. This should not have been a stumbling block. Yes there are other "home improvement" stores within about 15-20 minute drive, but the closest Menards is about an hour. Since I'm in Lansing quite frequently, I plan my need for items when I'll be in town. To bad my money has to go into another community because mine is to narrow minded to find out what the public opinion is.
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Tom Tyson January 09, 2013 at 01:00 PM
How does my life improve with more traffic and people? They most likley would have gotton a tax break (costs me) , pulled police resources from the rest of the twp and would require more cops (costs me). Stick with the plan, we got the land, what's the point of a master plan if you don't follow it? If I need a couple 2 x 4's I can go to Peters, in and out in 5 min's. If I have a bigger project the lumber yard delivers or I go to Howell or Waterford.

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