Menards Blames Obama For Decision to Pull Plug on O'Fallon Site

The home-improvement chain recently withdrew plans to build a new store on the Lake Saint Louis-O'Fallon border.

The Suburban Journals reported Monday that a Menard's spokesman has blamed President Obama and his administration for Menard's decision to pull the plug on plans to build a new store on Hwy. N south of I-64.

The development would have straddled the O'Fallon-Lake Saint Louis border, with the Menard's store itself in O'Fallon, but part of the parking lot and outlot businesses in Lake Saint Louis.

The Journal quoted an email from Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott: "I'm very sorry, but we are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all small businesses in the USA at present, we have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled."

Patch reported Dec. 6 that documents were included in the agenda packet for that evening's meeting of the O'Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission to to withdraw the applications for the conditional use permit, site plan and rezoning for the project.

A St. Peters Menards store is being constructed on Spencer Road just south of I-70 and plans to open in the spring of 2013.


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Jon December 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM
What kind of newsworthy "story" is this? Scared? Scared about what? I'm scared when such emotional dribble make it in the headlines... scared for rational and reasoned news.
howard December 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Wentzville doesn't need any more big-box retail that will be empty in a few years, especially if tax abatement or TIF's are involved.
Tom Mader December 15, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Menard's just figured out that it's already building a new store in St. Peters and the area won't likely support two of them. Is Obama on the site selection committee?
Don McVey December 16, 2012 at 04:46 AM
You have to have the courage to face the facts. There are thousands of medium and small businesses out there that are holding off on expansions because they have no idea how they are going to be effected by major tax increases, high cost of employee health plans, and ever expanding government regulations. When your taxes exceed 50%, and they are already there, the government is no longer working for you, you are working for the government. Not my idea of the private enterprise that made this great country.
Obamas a doucher December 17, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I'll be spending all of my home improvement dollars at a new location in shiloh IL
Pete R. Gozinya December 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
You think that Menards is the only company that is not expanding right now? You people will not admit that you have RUINED our cities, our states and now our country. You are ignorant moochers, looters and thieves. You do not deserve the meager existence you have, but I take solace in knowing that it will get decidingly worse for you Jon, Howard and Tom.


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