I went to the Grand opening of the new Menard's store near me. They sent me a two dollar off coupon in the mail and it was burning a hole in my pocket. I have been to other Menard's stores so I knew what to expect. For those who haven't, a Menard's is about as big as the average shopping mall. I got my daily workout walking around the store. There were no trains but they were starting to set out the Christmas items so there is hope. I found two jars of orange marmalade at $1.50 each. They would have been happier if Bob had walked in instead of me.
When you go there off season, any leftover train stuff might be upstairs with overstock, old display, and other out of season items, etc. It's always been open to be shopped in my experience.."make yourself at home"
I think it depends on the store if they remove it from ground level display after Christmas, but I think most do.
My local Menards has had a year round train shelf, but this summer they moved everything to the top 2 shelves to make room for pool supplies.
There are also some buildings and stake trucks upstairs.
I was at Menards in Warren, Ohio and inquired about their electric train stock, was told that it was considered seasonal and to check with them around the first week of November, not sure but might even have a display up, they do have some O gauge and HO gauge up stairs but very little, hope this helps.
A "Grand Opening" for a NEW STORE? I'm not surprised that there's no trains there - yet.
I'm pretty sure there will be by the time the snow starts flying.
The newer, larger Menards stores have seasonal departments large enough to have leftover train stock as Hiawatha98 described. The Waukesha WI store, which is two full floors with a magnetic escalator and two elevators, makes active use of all of its space, so there’s no dusty little corner to hide seasonal items.
Also, not all Menards stores receive the same amount of train inventory in October. It is based mostly on anticipated sales and past performance. So some stores never have much overstock left after Christmas.
I have been a Menards customer, if you count the times when I was in tow with my parents, since 1974, and I can’t believe how dramatically the stores have grown in nearly 45 years. The first store I went to, in Chester, MN, just outside Rochester, was little more than a pole building with a neighboring lumber shed.
I shopped two Menard's stores this summer both had some trains in the upstairs area. A new store may not yet have any stock.
Wish they would have a Grand Opening on Long Island one day
I already come home from HD and Lowes with stuff I don't need but gotta have. Can't imagine what kind of trouble I could get into in a Menards.