Menards debuts larger Tinley Park store
BY MIKE NOLAN firstname.lastname@example.org April 28, 2014 5:32PM
The expanded Menards in Tinley Park features an outdoor garden center at the store's west end. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 30, 2014 6:15AM
As it formally unveils its expanded Tinley Park store, home improvement chain Menards is rolling out a combination of sales and sports celebrities.
While the enlarged store, 6851 W. 159th St., has been open for some time, Menards is holding a grand re-opening this week. Former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye will be at the store from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Now 306,000 square feet, not counting a lumber yard and a new outdoor lawn and garden center, it’s Menards largest store.
The retailer bought and remodeled a two-story building west of its existing store. The building had previously housed the offices of the SouthtownStar and before that was a department store, Gately’s People Store.
It’s the second major expansion for the store, which a decade ago was enlarged from 135,000 square feet to more than 200,000 square feet when it took over space occupied by other tenants in Brementowne Mall, including Bremen Theatre and Teacher’s Corner, a school supply store.
The new two-level expansion enabled Menards to increase the number of product displays throughout the store and expand product offerings in most departments, Jeff Rees, the store’s general manager, said.
Having more merchandise assembled and displayed lets customers “touch it, feel it, play with it and make sure it’s what they want,” he said.
In the new section, the store added displays of higher-end outdoor furniture on the upper level along with arrangements of living room and dining room furniture, Rees said.
He said an outdoor garden center was added to the building’s west end, and some items that had been stockpiled in the store’s lumber yard on the south side, such as patio blocks, were relocated to the garden center.
Also getting a big makeover was the store’s food department, while the selection of health and beauty products, including toothpaste, vitamins and nutritional supplements, was “expanded quite drastically,” Rees said.
The store previously carried refrigerated products such as milk and eggs and has now loaded up on items such as soup, cereal, cookies and peanut butter.
“We’re trying to be more convenient for the customer, be a one-stop shop,” Rees said. “We want to reach out and have something for all customer bases.”