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Menard's, Lowe's, Home Depot

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My list goes:

Menards > Home Depot > Lowes

For some reason, I just hate going into Lowe's... Maybe its because there was only a Home Depot where I grew up. Ever since I moved to Grand Rapids though, I'll drive to Menards over the other two any day. They seem to have better prices and the sales staff is more helpful. Although I do find myself stopping at Home Depot time to time to pick up things I couldn't get @ Menards.

**Just thought I'd add I am near the Alpine corridor... Usually hit up Menards first, then hit up Home Depot on the way home if I need to... Don't think there is even a Lowe's around there.

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Lowes then Home Depot. Rarely by choice do I ever go to Menards. The Centerpoint store is jam packed and un organized-feeling. I like the way Lowes feels, the store is laid out nicely.

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Menards (always the 54th & Division Store. Oodles better than the centerpoint store) first and foremost. That's probably because I used to work there, though. They do have really good deals.

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I'm kinda equal about Lowe's and Home Depot - but statistically I shop at Lowe's more for the lower prices.

I've only been to Menards once and wasn't that impressed. What's up with the stupid metal gate you have to walk through at the entrance? Annoying.

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At home depot, it's always hard to flag down a salesperson to help you when needed. At least's that's how it is at the Alpine location. Menards is ok, don't go there much, but over at home depot, I know they cut wood. And I've never been to lowe's.

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I have to say I have spent more time than I would like in all those stores. I guess I prefer Menards over the other two, but out of necessity have gone to all of them. What I wish was that a store like Miller Zielstra on Michigan could be more competitive with their prices and selection. I go there whenever possible, but when buying in bulk it doesn't make economic sense to go there.

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In the Centerpoint Mall Thread, GRdad informed that Menards is toying with the idea of replacing its current location with a 160,000+ sq. ft. store behind the 28th St Art Van furniture store on land that used to be an old Water Park. This Sketchup model I created depicts what the new store may look like if Menards goes through with their plans. The model is based on the home improvement retailer's latest store prototype which differs from its 2 other Grand Rapids locations.

View of the Store from the SE

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View of the Store from the SW

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An aerial view showing how Menards would relate to Art Van and the store to the east of it.

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How about 'None of the Above' ?

All three are part of the fundamental change in retailing that's helping to destroy local economies, shutter American-owned factories and scar the landscape. The price we're really paying for the 'convenience' and 'low-cost' of these big box retailers should be obvious to all, especially UPers.

How about Godwin Hardware versus Modern Hardware verus Rylee's thread? Or a Standard Lumber versus Miller-Zylstra thread?

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How about 'None of the Above' ?

All three are part of the fundamental change in retailing that's helping to destroy local economies, shutter American-owned factories and scar the landscape. The price we're really paying for the 'convenience' and 'low-cost' of these big box retailers should be obvious to all, especially UPers.

How about Godwin Hardware versus Modern Hardware verus Rylee's thread? Or a Standard Lumber versus Miller-Zylstra thread?

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You are correct sir!

Between Modern Hardware, Standard Kitchens, and Standard Lumber, there's not much you can't get in Boston Square. My hierarchy goes Rylees>Modern>Godwin.

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No list of local options would be complete without Plainfield Lumber - great folks!

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How about 'None of the Above' ?

All three are part of the fundamental change in retailing that's helping to destroy local economies, shutter American-owned factories and scar the landscape. The price we're really paying for the 'convenience' and 'low-cost' of these big box retailers should be obvious to all, especially UPers.

How about Godwin Hardware versus Modern Hardware verus Rylee's thread? Or a Standard Lumber versus Miller-Zylstra thread?

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I go to Home Depot, because its closest to my house. I prefer not to go to any of them, if possible. Menards seems to have nice stores, but I hate their TV ads.

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I go to Home Depot, because its closest to my house. I prefer not to go to any of them, if possible. Menards seems to have nice stores, but I hate their TV ads.

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This leaves only two types of Jobs in the US; the few high paying skilled jobs of the service sector and low paying menial jobs that in no way are be able to put food on the table if it were not for access to a nearby Big Box store.

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One of the reasons I don't go to Menards all that much besides what I stated in one of previous posts is the fact they play that stupid Jingle over their PA system every couple of minutes. If I hear "Save big money at Menards" one more time...arrrgggggghhhhh!!! :angry::wacko:

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MENARDS-HOME DEPOT-LOWES

I love Menards! I gives me that "mom & pop" hardware store feeling. The store on 52nd/Clyde Park is great! The staff is very friendly and helpful and the store is easy to navigate.

I agree with the statement on the Centerpointe location, very unorganized and feels very unwelcoming.

Home Depot and Lowes? Very close in satisfaction. Not really a huge difference besides the color in their signs.

As for the "support local businesses" jab, I absolutely support them when I need to run out and grab something quick. As for large projects? Big Box all the way.

My argument is "How many jobs do Ma and Pa shops produce over Big Box?" I know bla bla corporate america bla bla... But seriously, in Michigan's economy right now? We need those jobs produced by the large companies. The construction companies that work building these monstrosities, the employees the box brings in and the savings to the end user.

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I shop by proximity to my house and or my own knowledge level.

That means Rylee's when I can afford it, when I'm in a hurry or (most importantly) when I need some advice on how to do the job at hand. Rylee's has always done me right. My favorite story is the time I tried to install a new dishwasher, at night and I broke the copper pipe I needed. Rylee's stayed open after closing to help me figure out exactly what I needed and they actually knew what they were talking about. I'm sure you can get similar service at Lowe's or Menard's but I've never been able to and I've always gotten it easily at Rylee's (the one on Michigan...I think they own a couple).

When I need bulk or lumber, sadly, it's Lowe's at 28th/29th/Beltline just because I cannot always afford Rylee's prices.

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I think Rylee's is my favorite store of any kind.

I go in there looking for one screw to fix a futon, and come out with a wheelbarrow, a new rubber mallet, and three new types of tape. Just love it.

Best customer service too.

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I think Rylee's is my favorite store of any kind.

I go in there looking for one screw to fix a futon, and come out with a wheelbarrow, a new rubber mallet, and three new types of tape. Just love it.

Best customer service too.

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When it comes to rough lumber I prefer Lowe's. 2 by's are as straight as laser beams and have relativly few knots and checks. They also sell Georgia Pacific products so I also do general purpose plywoods and particle boards there as well. However I'll do locals for more specific products. For example I'll purchase my finish trim from Elenbass Mill Work as their selection of moldings blows big boxes out of the water and quality is top notch. When I need furniture grade material and woods of various species other than the standard poplar of pine I go to Johnson's Workbench or Woodcraft.

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Let's not forget Alger Hardware. Their staff is helpful from the moment you walk in the door.

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