WICHITA — As expected, Wichita has landed its second Menards store.
Developer Paul Jackson today signed a deal with the Wisconsin-based company to anchor his Stonebridge development at the southeast corner of 37th and Maize Road.
This follows Christian Ablah's deal earlier this month for Menards to locate at his development at K-96 and Webb Road.
"These are big, big deals," Jackson says. "It's a real shot of confidence they're opening two stores of this size in Wichita."
Jackson and Ablah were close to final deals with Menards, which is a home-improvement store, in late 2008 when the economy tanked.
Even though there are continual signs of improvement, Jackson says the Menards deals are still a coup.
"Big box developments are just not happening around the country right now," he says. "Most big box developers have kind of pulled in the reins and put the brakes on until the economy turns around."
The west-side Menards will be 230,000 square feet and employ about 165 people.