A home-improvement chain is expected to build its first store in Pennsylvania, choosing Fayette County as the location.
On Tuesday, the Fayette County commissioners unanimously approved the conveyance of land at the Fayette County Business Park to Menard Inc. for the construction of a Menards home-improvement store.
“This is a significant, positive thing for Fayette County,” said Commissioner Vincent Vicites.
Vicites said the Wisconsin-based chain is expected to construct a 200,000 square-foot facility and develop the remaining 80 acres at the business park for the store and space for additional business to open.
“It will pretty much finish off the business park,” Vicites said, adding only 10 acres of the park will remain open and undeveloped.
Vicites said not only is the $10 million investment from Menards expected to create 130 to 150 jobs in the area, it’s also expected to help broaden the tax base and further help the county become a regional shopping area.
“A company of this caliber is moving into the county for a reason,” said Commissioner David Lohr. “Let’s face it, companies aren’t going to do things if they’re not going to make money.”
Lohr said Menards saw what the county has to offer and the development is another push forward for the county.
“There’s a huge opportunity here for growth,” Lohr said. “The county is going in the right direction.”
A representative from Menards declined comment on the plan. There’s no word on a timetable for the development.