Business is looking good for Dickinson’s newest big box store.
Menards, which opened at the end of January, has had a number of commercial and residential customers walk through their doors.
“We are seeing a good amount of traffic,” Store Manager Mark Kerr says. “Both the at-home DIYer and professional contractors are coming through our doors and finding what they need.”
With eight departments supplying over 70,000 items from their stock, it’s no wonder customers are able to leave the store with what they are looking for. The 202,000 square feet of store space boasts new displays, a larger-than average grocery department and an adjoining warehouse that’s twice as big as any warehouses Menards has ever constructed.
“This store has a lot of the things I wish I would have had at the previous stores I managed,” Kerr says. A native of Grand Forks who began with the company in 1988, Kerr moved to his Dickinson store role from managing the Rapid City, SD store.
And while this home and garden super store is impressive, what are equally exciting are the empty subdivision lots that surround it.
West Ridge First Addition, the area that Menards sits in, is the first phase of development for Roers Development. Eventually Roers plans to develop further to the west, going as far as the new truck bypass being constructed off of Interstate Exit 56.
“West Ridge is already doing very well,” Roers Marketing Director Brianne Hoffman says. “It’s hopping. We’re already seeing an increase in the traffic out that way with the opening of Menards. Development is going well as companies and retailers are realizing that’s the place to be.”
The project began in 2011, with the acquisition of the land on the western edge of Dickinson, north and west of Interstate Exit 59. In 2012 the utilities, like underground electrical power lines from Roughrider Electric Cooperative, were put in place. The first businesses began construction in 2013.
“We’re off to the races now,” Hoffman says. “We’re ready to go and working on filling the lots in the subdivision.”
Menards, Wells Fargo Bank, HomStay Suites and ValuePlace Hotel have already opened for business. And according to Hoffman, Tractor Supply Company, Family Fare grocery store, American Bank Center, Gate City Bank and Odyssey Theaters as well as other retailers and restaurants yet to be disclosed will begin construction on their new locations during 2014.
“We’re excited about the opportunities this development brings to the area,” Hoffman says.
Family Fare is a grocery store brand owned by SpartanNash, the same company that owns Econofoods, which already has two stores in Dickinson. Odyssey Theaters owns Dickinson’s existing three-plex located in the Prairie Hills mall. Their new theater will be an eight-plex, according to Roers. A strip mall called the “West Ridge Market Center” will also soon begin construction, offering space for up to ten retail outlets.
The development also includes four substantial multi-family housing units in the northwest corner of the first addition. Three have already been completed. The fourth, a four-story building with 48 apartments, underground parking and additional community space, has already begun construction and will be completed in 2014.
“This is the first time we’ve pulled underground parking and community space into our Dickinson units. We’ve done it in Fargo, but not out west. We’re excited about this and think it will be successful and well received,” Hoffman says.
Roughrider Electric Cooperative is working with Roers and other developers to ensure the electrical needs in the area are met. Future substations are being planned to ensure our mission to provide reliable and affordable electricity is met.
“The West Ridge subdivision is one of many exciting developments we’re seeing come to the area,” Leonard Hibl, director of key accounts and marketing at Roughrider Electric Cooperative, says. “Growth and new businesses raise the quality of life for our members and we’re excited to be a part of it.”