Menards' Lewis Center store opened for business Tuesday, June 25, 18 months after zoning for the $7.5 million, 162,000-square-foot home improvement store was approved by Orange Township trustees.
Featuring an indoor-outdoor garden center and a full-service lumber yard, the store layout is similar to the two other central Ohio Menards locations on Morse Road and East Broad Street in Columbus.
According to plans submitted to Orange Township by Menards, the store is expected to generate $600,000 a year in sales-tax revenue and employ about 150 workers, half of which are part time. Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said the company wouldn't comment on whether those numbers hold true now that the store is complete.
The new store -- located just north of Orange Road on U.S. Route 23 -- brings to a close the long process of bringing Menards to Lewis Center. In 2008, trustees rejected a proposal to build on the south side of Home Road, west of U.S. Route 23. Residents said at the time that a big-box store such as Menards was not good for the area.
When developer Evans Capital Investments Inc. presented trustees with the current site plan in December 2011, it was approved unanimously.
Earlier that year, Delaware County commissioners approved a 10-year, 50 percent tax abatement on the assessed value of the store.
A grand-opening celebration is expected to be announced later this month at the store. The event will include special deals on merchandise, prize giveaways, demonstrations and celebrity appearances.
Store hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.