Do not have a store near you. Do not be dissapointed the online route is the way to go. I went to my menards store and the train selection was small. I got most of the buildings online alreafy when announced here by mark that I wanted. The cars I want were not at my store anyway. The rr signs were there though and seeing them in person to inspect the quality was a good thing. Some had crooked letters and poor paint jobs. I got two UP signs though that were almost perfect for my collection.
I also saw an HO morton salt building with one walk way poorly put on and badly crooked. So seeing menards products in the store first hand vrs. the internet really helps getting factory errors or buildings like that one. If a guy got that morton salt online he would have been very dissapointed. btw I am not bashing menards stuff here just pointing out QC issues that you run into from time to time. As we know all manufacturers have issues.
One question has anyone gotten the menards intermodal cars yet? How are they? Any pics of them besides menards pics yet anywhere? I was hoping to see at least a single car at my store,but sadly no. Also was hoping to see the CN bulkhead flat cars with logs those were not there either. Oh well just as well I left menards not spending too much money. So as I said online is definatly the way to go if you want trains from menards. Although it would be nice to see the products it up close. They are not a hobby shop although they could start a hobby section in thier store devoted to trains and small hobby tools and other items that relate to small hobby and crafters like us. Hint hint.