tncentrr posted:

 I thought they were a northeastern regional company, so Kentucky would be the farthest south they have built a store. Is that right?

I think so, but they do have stores in Cincinnati, Jeffersonville IN (just across Ohio River north of Louisville, Ky) and in Evansville IN.

We have seveal new stores in the northern Ohio area in recent months.

They are expanding.  I welcome Menards and Meijer to northeast Ohio , now my boycott of WalMart can be easily done.

You can have things shipped to the store, but in fall the train merchandise gets displayed where the summer seasonal items are currently

Grampstrains posted:
tncentrr posted:

 I thought they were a northeastern regional company, so Kentucky would be the farthest south they have built a store. Is that right?

Menard's is out of Wisconsin. The most southern store is Hollister, Missouri.

 I have lived in the Northeast, (NH) for over 50 years and I have search diligently and have never found a Menards in the Northeast. I think if you check Menards website their stores only go east about as far as Indiana or maybe western Ohio. Really wish there was one in the Northeast but so far I haven’t found one.

Jim

rattler21 posted:
Troy Towery posted:

Menard's opened a new store in Florence, Ky yesterday,  sadly, no model train stuff.

Did you ask the manager or are you reporting what you didn't see on the shelves?  Many stores have non-seasonal items on a mezzanine and will allow you in that area.  John in Lansing, ILL

Checked the upstairs storage area as I do at all Menards, nothing but outdoor and grille supplies.  

Uh...Menards is north central (Wisconsin) and at least as far east as NE Columbus, Ohio....dunno about Akron-Cleveland, but bet they are coming.   I think these big box stores have computerized inventory, and revolve inventory when seasonal demand is expected...filling those shelves now with current high demand summer items..

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Troy Towery posted:
tncentrr posted:

 I thought they were a northeastern regional company, so Kentucky would be the farthest south they have built a store. Is that right?

I think so, but they do have stores in Cincinnati, Jeffersonville IN (just across Ohio River north of Louisville, Ky) and in Evansville IN.

There's one in Owensboro KY as well.

Scott Smith

Troy Towery posted:

Menard's opened a new store in Florence, Ky yesterday,  sadly, no model train stuff.

But I believe you can order any train item available on-line and have it shipped to your local Menard's for pick up, no shipping charge.

Others are correct, though....from a display perspective, it's considered a seasonal item and will miraculously appear as Christmas toys, et al, take over the seasonal aisles near check-out.  During the rest of the year, the remaining seasonal stock is stored 'upstairs', freely accessible to the public, but in a non-displayed manner.

Our Menard's is less than a mile away from our house.  It's a blessing/curse situation, of course!  It's like a 'magnet'......we find ourselves stopping in every time we pass by.....no pressing need required.  And yet.........we find ourselves holding something in their efficient check-out lines pretty much every time.   (It's like QVC......but without a knob!)

I dunno......even though it's a business, the way the weather here in the midwest has been this year, if I were John Menard, I'd be movin' south with my expansion plans, too!!!  Today an associate greeted me with "It's the 170th day of the year!.....We've had precipitation in 110 of those days!!"    UNCLE!!!!  And it's currently raining!!!!........AGAIN!!   (Do you know how long it takes to blow-dry 2 Golden retrievers on a rainy day??)

Menards usually freshly stocks the shelves with trains in mid to late October as part of its changeover of its seasonal department to toys.

New items announced in November and December also get added to the store mix, but not every item in Menards’ train catalog makes it to the store shelves, and the stock dwindles after Christmas with no new merchandise added. Eventually, the remaining train stock is either moved to an upstairs seasonal overstock area (in older stores) or compacted into a smaller area in the seasonal department (in the larger modern stores).

Menards (the apostrophe was dropped years ago) was founded by John Menard in the 1950s and is based in Eau Claire, WI, where the company has a huge corporate campus and distribution center, including a rail spur behind its central distribution center there.

According to its website, it has more than 300 stores in 14 states — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. So it certainly isn’t a northeastern chain, nor is it strictly a midwestern chain any longer.

Jim R. 

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