By THE CITY OF TAYLOR
For the Sunday Times
TAYLOR — Work has begun on Menards, the anchor site of the new Trader’s Point development on the former Gibraltar Trade Center property, located on Eureka Road between Racho and I-75.
McConnell Excavating is on location, doing above-ground preparatory work for the construction. McConnell staff on site said the company is working on several different Menards’ locations across a handful of states. Now that they have started, expect construction to briskly move forward, they said.
Despite being announced several years ago, the long-awaited Menards’ development was always scheduled to begin this spring. Mayor Rick Sollars confirmed the schedule during a telephone call earlier this year with officials from the company, which had delayed some construction nationwide awaiting the results of the November 2016 presidential election. Menards plans to build a 300,000-square-foot store on southern portion of the acreage.
“This is a really exciting time in Taylor,” Sollars said. “We announced the Menards’ location several years ago, and we’ve all waited patiently for the actual construction to begin. This is great news for Eureka Road, for our city and for our region. This is the type of development that increases tax base and creates jobs. It’ll really be something to see when it all gets put into place.”
Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. purchased the entire 84-acre site. It owns and controls the entire site. According to published reports, the Menards’ store alone will create about 125 jobs.
Typically, Menards establishes a footprint for its stores and sells adjacent out-lots to gas stations, restaurants and other retailers to bring more customers to the site. At least two other major retailers are expected to occupy large portions of the location.
Menards operates more than 280 stores in 14 states in the center of the country.
Menards and Trader’s Point are keys to the heavy business growth in the “Eureka Way!” retail and entertainment district between Telegraph and Allen roads. Southland Center invested tens of millions of dollars into the mall.
A new BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant will build a new location on the Southland Center out-lot at Eureka and Pardee roads. BJ’s will be creating its top-tier “elevation” in Taylor. The only other one like it is in Cleveland. H&M, Primanti Bros. and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria are some of the other businesses that recently have move into the mall.
Trader’s Point and Menards will be located directly across Eureka from a new Wahlburgers. Mark Wahlberg, former rapper and now popular movie actor, has purchased the old Big Boy site and will build his second Wahlburgers’ in Michigan (after Detroit’s Greektown).
The group plans to renovate and expand the current facility, possibly adding an outdoor patio. The site is between Home Depot and Hooter’s and next to La-Z-Boy’s new site, which is a brownfield redevelopment of an old manufacturing site, and is also home to the new Pearle Vision store.
Those businesses join others like Golden Corral, PizzaPapalis, SkyZone, Panera and O’Samurai that have located in the corridor.
Another restaurant, Bubba’s 33, is locating an all-new eatery in the Burlington Square Center, near Art Van Furniture and Men’s Warehouse. This Bubba’s 33 will be the second in the chain’s history to locate in Michigan (one is currently being built in Macomb Township). Starbucks is relocating along Eureka Road in front of Meijer, and will add a drive-through in that new building.
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