Menards is planning to come to Dickinson.
Community Development Director Ed Courton confirmed Friday that the home improvement retailer has submitted a building permit application. That application has yet to be approved.
Menard’s spokesman Jeff Abbott told The Press in an email that the company is “still working on the details” of its new location.
Menards is the first retailer in the Roers development, West Ridge, to submit a permit application, but Cash Wise Foods, a subsidiary of St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborns Inc., has been in contact with the city and purchased a liquor license in a bidding process that was started by the grocer to create an additional license in the city last summer. Coborns was the only bidder.
There was never any worry that Menards would not come to Dickinson, said Larry Nygard, Roers vice president.
“We’ve been under contract for many months,” he said.
Retailers have communicated with Courton and his department but have not submitted any formal paperwork, he said.
There are two extended stay hotels under construction at the development at the corner of Exit 59 and Interstate 94 and one apartment building, which Courton said the city will see more of in the coming years.
In order to address the housing crunch, developers are putting up apartments and other multi-family dwellings before they begin building single-family homes, he said.
In January 2012, there were permits issued for 193 housing units, this year there were four.
“Our figures are representative of the typical winter where things slow down,” Courton said. “Springtime — I tell you what — my phone’s starting to ring hard and building inspectors are out in the field a lot more.”
Final permit numbers are expected to be near 2012 totals, he said. The city issued more than 1,500 permits for housing and 120 for commercial units last year.
Roers is building apartments in its development and has single family home proposed for the West Ridge second addition, Nygard said.
There will be more announcements regarding West Ridge later this month, he said.
“Dickinson is a good market right now,” Nygard said.