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DECORAH — Representatives of Menards are exploring options for building a new store in Decorah.

On Aug. 29, Menards and city of Decorah officials discussed the company’s interest in locating in the city, according to City Manager Chad Bird.

He said the company is considering a couple of locations, but couldn’t disclose potential sites.

“We don’t think they’ve closed on the property. We don’t know the extent of legal paperwork that has been signed,” said Bird, who said his conversations with Menards started several weeks ago.

“I think they look favorably on Decorah and the growth we have going on here. They like what they see,” he said.

Winneshiek County Development Inc. Director Stephanie Fromm has been in discussions with the retailer for half a year.

“I’ve had multiple conversations with Menards over the past six months. At this time, a couple of different sites have been presented and discussed. With any business prospect, it is my job as the county’s economic development director to assist potential businesses and to support the growth of our communities.”

There has been some speculation one of the properties being considered is land zoned F-1 flood plain, north of the Decorah Walmart Supercenter. Bird said Menards officials have not taken out any permits or applications with the city. They also haven’t disclosed the size of the store, although Bird said there was no indication the company is considering “anything outside the norm.”

The city manager said he hasn’t been given a timeline for when a new store could potentially be built.

“It depends on where they end up and what they have to do,” Bird said.

Menards representatives would not comment on the potential of a Decorah store.

“We have nothing official to report at this time,” said Spokesperson Jeff Abbott.


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