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Work is starting on the new Menards, the anchor site of the new Trader’s Point development on the old Gibraltar Trade Center property, located on Eureka Road between Racho and I-75. McConnell Excavating is currently on location, doing above-ground preparatory work for the construction. Staff on site from McConnell said the company is working on several different Menards’ locations across a handful of states. Now that they have started, expect construction to briskly move forward, they said.
Despite being announced several years ago, the long-awaited Menards’ development was always scheduled to begin this spring. Mayor Rick Sollars confirmed the schedule during a telephone call earlier this year with officials from the company, which had delayed some construction nationwide awaiting the results of the November 2016 Presidential Election. Menards plans to build a 300,000-square-foot store on southern portion of the acreage.
"This is a really exciting time in Taylor," Mayor Sollars said. "We announced the Menards’ location several years ago, and we’ve all waited patiently for the actual construction to begin. This is great news for Eureka Road, for our city and for our region. This is the type of development that increases tax base and creates jobs. It’ll really be something to see when it all gets put into place."
Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. purchased the entire 84-acre site. It owns and controls the entire site. According to previous reports, the Menards’ store alone will create about 125 jobs.
Typically, Menards establishes a footprint for its stores and sells adjacent out-lots to gas stations, restaurants and other retailers to bring more customers to the site. At least two other major retailers are expected to occupy large portions of the location. Menards operates more than 280 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Menards and Trader’s Point are just one of the keys to the heavy business growth in the "Eureka Way!" retail and entertainment district between Telegraph and Allen roads. Eureka has earned a reputation as one of the hottest development centers in Michigan. Southland Center invested tens of millions of dollars into the mall, and created a regional gem in Cinemark Southland Center & XD. A new BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant will build a new location on the Southland Center out lot at Eureka Road and Pardee. BJ’s will be creating its top-tier "elevation" in Taylor. The only other one like it is in Cleveland, Ohio. H&M, Primanti Bros. and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria are just some of the other businesses that have recently move into the mall.
Trader’s Point and Menards will be located directly across Eureka from a new Wahlburgers. Mark Wahlberg, former rapper and now wildly popular movie actor, has purchased the old Big Boy location and will build his second Wahlburgers’ in Michigan (after Detroit’s Greektown). The group plans to renovate and expand the current facility, possibly adding an outdoor patio. The site is between Home Depot and Hooter’s and next to La-Z-Boy’s new site, which is a Brownfield redevelopment of an old manufacturing location, and is also home to the new Pearle Vision store.
Those businesses join others like Golden Corral, PizzaPapalis, SkyZone, Panera and O’Samurai that have located in the corridor.
Another restaurant, Bubba’s 33, is locating an all-new eatery in the Burlington Square Center, near Art Van Furniture and Men’s Warehouse. This Bubba’s 33 will be the second in the chain’s history to locate in Michigan (one is currently being built in Macomb Township). Starbucks is relocating along Eureka Road in front of Meijer, and will add a drive-thru in that brand-new building.
In other business news in Taylor, DriveTime will pour $600,000 into renovations at the old Taylor Ford location on Telegraph Road north of Goddard. The DriveTime Automotive Group Inc. is shooting for a summer opening. Not only will the new business fill a void on Telegraph and employ about 80 workers, but it will vastly improve the property. The DriveTime model is competitive on the national stage with businesses like CarMax and AutoNation. This will be one of only two DriveTime sites in Michigan.
Heritage Park Senior Village, across the corner from Southland Center at 22431 Superior, is expanding. The village, which held its grand opening in December 2015, will building a phase two four-story complex directly next door, on the corner of Pardee Road (behind Target). Parking lots and walkways will connect the two locations. The first phase included 77 units; phase two includes 64. Nearby, Hilton plans to build a Home 2 Suites location along Pardee Road, near Gander Mountain. That location was approved by the Planning Commission recently. Home 2 Suites is a popular extended stay brand throughout the U.S. and Canada. This would be its first location in Michigan – the closest other site is in the Maumee-Toledo area. The four-story site plan submitted to the City calls for 96 rooms. A second phase is planned for that could include a restaurant/bar.