This time there’s no doubt — Menards will soon be in Williston.

The hardware giant officially applied for a building permit with the city of Williston on Tuesday, moving one step closer to opening.

While rumors of a Menards opening in the city have been running rampant for years, the announcement Tuesday made the plans official.

Menards signed a contract to build at the Sand Creek Town Centre almost a year ago. On Tuesday, the big-box store went a step further.

 Mayor Howard Klug said he was excited about the latest news.

“This is kind of like our field of dreams. If you build it they will come,” Klug said. “Now we need to support it.”

Terry Metzler, operations manager of Granite Peak North Dakota, said adding Menards to the Sand Creek Town Center will make the shopping plaza a destination for area shoppers.

“It’s a big thing when they’re in for a building permit,” Metzler said. “When they pull a permit, it means it’s actually happening.”

Metzler said several other retail businesses are also planning to build at Sand Creek, joining Complete Nutrition, Altitude Analysis and Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Metzler said other retail businesses will soon be coming. In fact, he said Granite Peak recently opened another 25-acre retail parcel and the spots are almost sold out.

But Menards is the biggest deal.

“This will cement this as the regional shopping center,” Metzler said.

Plans submitted to the city indicate the home improvement store will be approximately 209,630 square feet with an additional 72,596 square feet for a lumber yard and cold storage. The site will also include parking space for about 420 vehicles.

“I am just glad that retail in that area is developing,” said Klug.  “Construction on 32nd Avenue will be completed soon and that will provide good connectivity between the residential and retail developments in west Williston.”  

Kelly Aberle with the city’s building department confirmed the city received the permit Tuesday afternoon. She said it usually takes four to six weeks to process the building plans and permit application.

“They’re getting started,” Metzler said.

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