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Menard's To Garden City

Discussion in 'Dodge City & Ford County Politics' started by boo, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Howard
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    Howard New Member

    Maybe I need to clarify, the only game in town, for me that's what Menards would be. Meaning, I wouldn't shop anywhere else for my home remodeling or construction needs. Home Depot will still get business but they will be forced into reality on prices as Lowes did when they came to Lincoln, Ne as well Home Depot did in Lincoln, Ne when Lowes came to town. Home Depot is big enough that they won't fold. And as for Menards raising prices? Have you ever been in an area that has one? They keep their prices low even when others tend to raise theirs.
    Was in Wichita yesterday and talked with a manager and he mentioned to me that I would be happy that Menards is coming to Garden and I did mention to him there is no reason Dodge couldn't have one too as Dodge attracts people from all areas of the south west part of the state as well as N. W. Oklahoma.
  2. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    There is no reason Dodge couldn't have a menards in the future, but it wont be the near future. Menards told the City of Garden City that they want to attract over 120,000 from the trade area that includes, Liberal, Ulysses, Hugoton, Guymon Ok, Scott City, Dodge City, and Lamar, Co. They wouldn't compromise their plan by building a second store in the area. It's the same reason Hobby Lobby won't have a Garden City location. Their Dodge store would lose too much business.
  3. MrGreenJeans
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    MrGreenJeans Gold Member

    I'll see your Menards and raise you a Hobby Lobby. :D No, in all reality, I'd gladly trade you a Hobby Lobby for a Menards. ;)
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  4. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    No thanks :). Hobby Lobby is a store I try to avoid. Hard to find a clean organized one that actually restocks products. I swear the Dodge and Hutch locations keep moving arround the same ugly chicken displays to make them look like they're selling ;). When I was in Dodge in December I went christmas shopping for my mother at Hobby Lobby and I couldn't believe how much broken merchandise they were trying to sell.
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  5. MrGreenJeans
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    MrGreenJeans Gold Member

    Well, maybe we can convince Lowes to come to Dodge City. I think they are a pretty good store, better customer service than Home Depot and I never thought their prices were all that bad. Maybe as a team on DodgeBoard we could create an online petition requesting Lowes to give us a look. How about it Tee? :D

    Oh yea, and Jimmy Johnson is the Man! ;)

    Here's the link to Corporate to ask them to look at Dodge. Everbody be sure and fill it out. ;)
    http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/sto...geView?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&faqId=39
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  6. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    When I was at the Pueblo Colorado Lowes 2 years ago I noticed it had more information and signs in Spanish then English. Lowes would fit right in down there :). I would be supportive of a Lowes/Big Lots in Dodge. GC and DC need to stop targeting the same stores DC should target those two and Famous Footwear that just opened at the Hays Mall and is Opening in the old GC Halmark in August. Someone should talk to whoever does the economic Development in Pittsburg because they seem to do a great job. Downtown Pittsburg looks great, they have a Freddys, Applebees, Chilis, Spangles, Starbucks, Braums, Game Stop, Home Depot and several others. They have a smaller Population then GC, DC, and Hays and seem to do a better job at recruiting businesses even though they have to compete with Tulsa and Joplin as well as Parsons and Coffeyville. Their main employer has also been laying people off for about a century now too. That is why my family left in the 20's the mines were closing and lead poisoning was rampant.
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  7. MrGreenJeans
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    MrGreenJeans Gold Member

    If we are to get anything to come to town, it will take the citizens, the City Council in Dodge Sucks, all they know how to do is spend taxpayer money! ;)
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  8. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    That is how Salina got Olive Garden and Kohls. Kohls isn't on good terms with previous Dodge and Garden councils and Olive Garden isn't on good terms with Garden City last I heard so as much as I would like to see one out here it would take overwhelming community support, but it can be done! :)
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  9. Bubba
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    Bubba Platinum Member


    I filled it out telling them they should build in Dodge and that a poorly stocked Mead building center is the only real competition in town and that Home Depot would be there biggest competition and it is in Garden City which is around 50 miles away. Now we just need more people to fill it out and suggest they come to Dodge.
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  10. MrGreenJeans
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    MrGreenJeans Gold Member

    I think I'll move it to the front page instead of buried in this forum. :D
  11. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    I said pretty much the same thing except I said they would be competing with a Menards and Home Depot 50 miles away. Isn't Lowes in financial trouble though? I remember hearing something about them and money.
  12. lBugsy
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    > -------- Original message --------
    > Subject: Menards
    > From: Joann Knight <
    jknight@dodgedev.org>
    > To: Development Corporation Board of Directors <
    jknight@dodgedev.org>
    > CC:
    >
    >
    > We have been working for several months now to try to convince Menards to
    > locate to Dodge City. As many of you may know, Garden City announced a
    > couple weeks ago that Menards had made the decision to build over there. In
    > visiting with Menards, they have not made a formal decision but they are
    > leaning towards choosing Garden City because of the existing retail sales
    > currently produced over there compared to ours.
    >
    > We have explained to them that Garden City¹s numbers are larger than ours
    > because our residents and builders are shopping over there because we don¹t
    > have a similar big box here. We need your help to try and convince them
    > that they need to be here in Dodge City. Can you please take a few moments
    > to send a letter to them and explain the benefits of them locating to Dodge
    > City over Garden City. If you purchase merchandise from Home Depot in
    > Garden and would change that purchase to Menards if they were located in
    > Dodge City, please explain that and give details on the amounts that you
    > would prefer to spend locally.
    >
    > We need to make an impact on their decision immediately. They will be
    > signing agreements over there in the next couple weeks, and we need them to
    > understand the importance of locating here instead and the much greater
    > sales that they will experience here over being right next door to Home
    > Depot in Garden City.
    >
    > Following is the contact information:
    >
    > Tyler Edwards and/or Scott Nuttelman
    >
    tedwards@menard-inc.com
    > snuttelm@menard-inc.com
    >
    > Menard, Inc.
    > 5101 Menard Drive
    > Eau Claire, WI, 54703
    >
    > Please send your letter as soon as possible and I would appreciate if you
    > would send a copy to me, so that I am aware of what has been sent.
    >
    > Thanks for your help.
    >
    > Please call me if you have any questions.
    >
    >
    > Joann Knight, Executive Director
    > Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation
    > PO Box 818
    > Dodge City, KS 67801
    > 620-227-9501 office
    > 620-338-5101 cell
    >
    >
    >
  13. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    I doubt that will have much of an effect on their decision. While Menards hasn't been 100% decided they do have a deal with the developer so it's more complicated then "Move to Dodge City because there isn't a home depot"
  14. Bubba
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    This is what I wrote to them...

    I am a resident of Dodge City, KS. I thought that you should know that I make 1-2 trips to Garden City per month to shop at Sam's Club and?or Home Depot. I also know many other households in Dodge City that do the same or even more often. We do this because there are no places in Dodge City to shop like that. I also, grew up in Cimarron, KS, 16 miles west of Dodge City. When I was a child I remember taking weekend shopping trips to Dodge City. I still have family, my brother and his wife and kids, and my mother that still live in Cimarron. They and a lot of other families I know there now travel about 42 miles to Garden City to shop there because there are no choices in Dodge City.

    If you built a Menard's in Dodge City, I am confident that I would no longer have to make trips to Garden City to shop. I also think that if you built in Dodge City, there would be many families in Cimarron that would rather come 16 miles to Dodge City to shop instead of driving 42 miles to Garden City.

    You should take a serious look at building a store in Dodge City, where there would be no real competition, instead of or at least in addition to a Menard's store in Garden City.

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me back.
  15. DCSniper
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    You can't fairly compare Dodge to Pittsburg as it has a 4-year college and a more populated region to pull from. Hays does well because it is the largest city in NW Kansas without nearby competition. SW Kansas has 3 decent sized cities within a 75 miles radius (Liberal, Dodge, Garden) so not each city will be able to sustain every business that we all want in our city. Dodge, Liberal, and Garden need to work together to develop a sustainability plan that will help SW Kansas in the long run.
  16. HeddaLettuce
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    Isn't that about the same as Dodge City's population?

    I have shopped at Mernards - almost every single thing I have purchased there has been crap. I can't say I have purchased a large amount of lumber, but I did get some decking that was terrible. Plumbing fixtures and ceiling fans - each time parts were missing out of the sealed boxes. I have purchased a couple appliances there that turned out to be lemons. When trying to buy parts for them - the ID numbers did not correspond with any of the parts from the manufacturer (Maytag). Any rebates are in the form of "Menards Money" or whatever they call it. So when something sounds like a great deal, it really isn't.

    I would go out of my way to NOT shop at Mernards.
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  17. dodgehighforeve
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    dodgehighforeve Senior Member

    2010 pop listed is 27,340
  18. empires228
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    empires228 Active Member

    Just an update on Menards the city having a special meeting Tuesday morning for annexing and rezoning the land. Menards also asked for some special waver from fencing codes or something like that.
  19. whatever
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    whatever Well-Known Member

    This is just a rumor I heard so take it as you wish, but I heard that Menards wanted to look at several different locations in Dodge City to put their store, including North 14th, but the city/eco/devo people only wanted them at the casino area so they could land their star bond thing. Like I said just second hand so I am not sure of the validity. I seems though we should be doing everything we can to get them to want to build here, not make stupid stipulations so they leave.
  20. empires228
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    I had head that too from my Great Aunt who rents a house to the manager of one of the Wichita stores. The GC Telegram printed an article on how home depots tax reimbursement is expiring and Menards will be 50,000 some square feet larger then it.

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