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NORMAL — Twin City area residents will find a better-stocked and reconfigured lumberyard at Menards starting next year.

The company plans to add "a new drive-thru accessory building which will greatly increase our selection of lumber, building materials and other supplies" and to "expand the Garden Center plus make a few changes to the store's interior," said spokesperson Jeff Abbott.

The store is located at 900 Greenbriar Drive in northeast Normal.

"(These are) improvements that will provide even more shopping convenience for our guests. We are preparing the site for the first phase of construction," said Abbott. "The entire project should be finished by spring 2020."

Menards also will "reconfigure its outdoors sales area and traffic circulation by adding a new driveway around the north end of the building," according to Normal City Council materials, and "the existing public access point just east of the Shepard (Road) entrance would be closed off."

"Because they are adding more pavement and removing trees along the north side of the building, Menards will plant additional trees throughout the site," wrote Town Planner Mercy Davison. "They will also add a new privacy fence along the north side of the new driveway, connecting to the existing fence."

Abbott declined to say what the project will cost or how it will affect employment at the Normal home improvement store. The north end of the store's parking lot is currently closed for construction, but the lumberyard remains accessible from the Shepard Road entrance.

Konrad Construction of Johnsburg got town building permits for a $2.3 million warehouse addition with site work and a $770,000 garden center remodel on the property. Scot Williams, Normal's assistant inspections director, said a third permit is expected to be filed for the project.

The Normal Menards opened in 1991 with two 53,000-square-foot buildings — one a retail store and the other a bulk building material center. Home Depot opened across the street at 795 Veterans Parkway in 2006.

Menards also competes with Lowe's at 2101 E. Empire St. in Bloomington, which opened in 2002.

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Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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