Local city and county residents have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of Menards in Paducah. Today, the wait is no more. The ‘soft opening’ was a breath of fresh air for those that wanted to shop, compare pricing, or were just curious.
Now that the wait is over, the mega store won’t disappoint. The 246,000 square foot store is one of the largest, if not the largest in the area. It’s no wonder they call it a ‘mega store’. To offer some perspective, the average Walmart Supercenter is 179,000 square feet.
Menards is located in the middle of an open field on the outskirts of town. It occupies the space of several city blocks (the average city block is 100,000 square feet). In addition to the enormous building, the parking lot is huge too. Even with the number of cars today, there were still plenty of parking spaces available. Judging from the number of customers in attendance, many of the cars belonged to employees.
Upon entering the store, the aisles are spacious with plenty of room to shop. The General Manager Stephen McCuan said that opening such a mega store in the middle of a pandemic requires extra safety precautions. Being able to operate according to safety guidelines for customers and team members is a top priority and requires lots of planning. Employees and shoppers must wear masks in the store and social distance. Today, everyone was masked up.
If you enjoy shopping early for the holidays, Menards has both Christmas and Halloween decorations on display, side-by-side for your shopping pleasure. There’s lights, table decorations, blow-ups, and all sorts of fun decorating items.
The plant selection was sparse, in fact, only mums were available today. There are plenty of items for landscaping. The garden center itself must occupy two or more acres.
Groceries may be purchased at Menards. If you’re interested in price checking, Menards is competitive and could even be a few dollars cheaper than their competitors.
Of course there’s flooring, electrical, lumber, paint, cabinets, appliances, pet products; anything needed to build or remodel your home, office or business. Everything is spic & span. A fresh, clean store always enhances the shopping experience.
There’s the 11% rebate offered to Menards’ customers. For all of your purchases, get an 11% Mail-In rebate. (just don’t forget to mail it in).
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 6 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 8 am to 8 pm.