Construction crews are now in the area and beginning site work at the future home of a Menards home improvement store on Bluebell Drive in New Philadelphia. (Photo by Stacey Carmany, Tusco TV)
New Philadelphia, Ohio - City officials say construction crews are now in the area and beginning site work at the future home of a Menards home improvement store on Bluebell Drive.
New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day reports that heavy equipment from DiPietro excavating of East Canton arrived at the site of the former Super Kmart location earlier this week to begin removing the parking lots and preparing the site for construction.
According to Day, the project will be moving forward on an aggressive work schedule because company officials are planning to open the store by this time next year.
The current movement on the project comes after several delays and postponements to the initial construction timeline and more than three years after the company purchased the property.
Jeff Abbott is a spokesman for Menard Inc., the corporation behind the nationwide chain of home improvement stores. He says the company originally decided to open a store in New Philadelphia because of its attractiveness as a regional shopping hub in Eastern Ohio but held off on beginning construction until some design changes had been finalized.
"We've gone through some design changes in our stores during the past couple years, therefore we held off on construction of the New Philadelphia Menards store until we could implement these changes into the plans," he explains.
Abbott said the company is now working to prepare the site for the construction phase of the project. If everything goes as planned, he says the new store will be ready to open next summer.
Once the construction phase nears completion, the company will begin hiring.
"We will need to hire many, many full-time & part-time employees as this will be a huge store with all the latest, greatest home improvement products. There will be numerous departments, a full-service lumberyard with a covered warehouse, beautiful garden center, grocery and pet department, appliances, a line of convenience groceries, several great displays and much more,” Abbott says.
In the meantime, Day says individuals traveling through the area should expect to encounter additional truck traffic as a result of the construction.
Stacey Carmany, Tusco TV