Originally Posted by John23:
Menards is also the only store in my area that sells Homasote boards.
Yepper, I agree with that! (SE MI)
In fact, as if to underscore this distinction, prior to the advent of Menards in our area, the response from the two most common home improvement stores when asked about Homosote was 'Nope, can't even get it.', and 'What's Homosote?'....the latter from the guy behind the contractor's counter at the store!!!
After their having been around for a few years now, Menards is having another effect....they've significantly changed the HD & L competition...for the better (IMHO, of course). Sorta reminds me of the early days of MTH's foray into Lionel's complacent domain about 25 years ago!!
Although many of us in the hobby might like to see regular floorspace at Menards dedicated year-round in celebration of the hobby, I tend to think their business model and acumen is pretty solid the way it is.
Suggestions are always welcome, though, I'm sure. And here's mine!>>>>>>>:
Incorporating Bermuda Ken's thoughts in their current seasonal emphasis for the hobby, why not set up an O3R train layout...modest in size...that shows not only the train/scenery/buildings products, but table construction, hardware items, wiring, et al that are used??? IOW, as they have demos/classes for their home improvement products, why not a seasonal class/demo on building, say, a 4X8 layout....with HOMOSOTE!!!!!...that would then be part of their Christmas season displays...amidst the lighted trees, ornaments, other nifty gifties???? Talk about a customer 'magnet'!!!!!!!!
Even better?...Why not show support for other complementary business in the community...like our own hobby shop!!!...and gain their support in exchange for some minimal advertising on the layout? You know, materials/products that enhance/augment a layout, items...and expertise...available beyond Menards' business interests?? Whoa.....radical!!
And, meanwhile, back at the ranch...
KD (another Ken)