Menards store to open next week near Dayton Mall

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 9:55 PM

            The new Menards store just south of the Dayton Mall along Ohio 741 will bring a new level of competition to the already hotly contested home improvement market in the Dayton area. The new Menards is the second in the Dayton area to compete with the likes of Home Depot and Lowe's, who have been butting heads here in Dayton for well over 10 years.

The big home-improvement chains

Home Depot

Founded: 1978

Headquarters: Atlanta

Total stores: 2,250

Local stores: 3

Revenue: $71.7 billion

Publicly traded


Founded: 1946

Headquarters: Mooresville, N.C.

Total stores: 1,748

Local stores: 3

Revenue: $50.8 Billion

Publicly traded


Founded: 1960

Headquarters: Eau Claire, Wis.

Total stores: 272

Local stores: 2

Revenue: $7 billion (estimated)


Source: Dayton Daily News research

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County —The 225,000-square-foot Menards “Mega Store” that opens next week near the Dayton Mall will intensify the already heated competition for consumer dollars among the major home-improvement retailers in the the Dayton area, an industry analyst said.

Menards officials announced Tuesday the new store at 8480 Springboro Pike at the southeast corner of State Route 741 will open Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The store will have a full-service lumber yard and large lawn-and-garden center, officials said. Customers will be able to use computers to help design their home-improvement projects. The store will also carry name-brand appliances, pet products and a line of convenience groceries.

“Homeowners, tenants, business owners and contractors will now have great access to a full line of building materials and supplies at the lowest prices in the area,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said.

Eben Jose, home-improvement industry analyst for Los Angeles-based IBISWorld, Inc., an independent industry research company, said his firm has projected home improvement sales to grow at an annual rate of 3.3 percent over the next five years, to $187 billion in 2017, following a recession-impacted five-year period ending in 2012 in which sales were projected to drop by 2.8 percent per year. The more optimistic outlook is based on falling unemployment and on signs of renewal in the housing market, particularly in new construction, Jose said.

Menards’ decision to build larger “mega-stores” are part of the company’s strategy to compete aggressively against Home Depot and Lowe’s, Jose said.

Home Depot has captured about 41 percent of the national market, while Lowe’s has a nearly 33 percent market share, Jose said. Menards, with only a fraction of the stores of the two industry leaders, has captured nearly 5 percent of the national market while competing in only 14 states, mostly in the Midwest. In southwest and west-central Ohio, Menards operates stores in Tipp City in Miami County and in Fairfield Twp. in Butler County, as well as in Sidney, Celina and Lima.

The size of the average Menards has grown in recent years from 74,000 square feet to 162,000 square feet, Jose said. With a more varied selection and larger inventory in its larger stores, Menards can source products and raw materials at lower prices, boosting its ability to compete more effectively against the industry leaders, the industry analyst said.

Bill Hamilton, general manager of the Miami Twp. Menards, said Tuesday that his store will stock about 60,000 items, “everything from light bulbs to a complete house package” that include all of the materials needed to build a home from the ground up.

Despite multiple requests for employment numbers, neither Hamilton nor Menards spokesman John Leonauskas could provide provide an estimate or a range of the number of people the Miami Twp. store will employ. A typical Menards store, Leonauskas said, “will employ hundreds.” Leonauskas said he had no information as to whether Menards is considering any other store locations in the Dayton area.

The Miami Twp. Menards store will open at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 18. The hours going forward will be Monday through Saturday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds appear to be under an awning on Wednesday in beforer the Vectren Dayton Air Show this coming weekend. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (June 24)

Organizers for the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger provided tips for parking.

All parking this year is on paved lots after heavy rains Friday made the grassy fields too muddy.

Spectators entering or leaving the show via Interstate 75 Northwoods Boulevard (Exit 64) or National Road will be directed to one of four air show parking lots by signage and police officers: 

General Admission Parking 

There will be two general admission parking lots. The main lot will be at the former Emery Freight Building on Old Springfield Road. A second lot will be available at Butler High School on Dixie Highway. 

Patrons parking in both lots will be shuttled to and from the show's main gate by buses running continuously. 

P-Lot Parking 

Two parking lots will be used for Chalet and Pavilion P-Lot Parking passholders: 

The former Mahle employee parking lot located off Northwoods Boulevard. Patrons parking in this lot will be shuttled to the Pavilion and Chalet areas by buses running continuously. 

The second lot is the VIP lot and parking areas near the Airport Expo building that will be used if the Mahle lot becomes full. Patrons from these lots will be required to walk to the Pavilion area or Chalet. 

VIP Parking 

All Chairman's Club and other VIP Parking passholders with a pass hanging from their rear-view mirror will now park on a paved area inside the fence near the show main gate.

For better access, take one of these routes:

Use exit 68 at Tipp City and proceed to the show grounds through County Road 25A;

For the Emery Lot, use exit 32 (Airport Access Road) of Interstate 70, west on West National Road, north on Dog Leg Road and Old Springfield Road.

Further information on parking is below.


Record rainfall on Friday is forcing coordinators of the Vectren Dayton Air Show at the Dayton International Airport to direct people today to alternative and paved parking sites.

Two years ago, monsoon-like heavy rains pummeled the first day of the air show, causing many vehicles to become mired in muddy, grassy parking spots near the airport.

Air show organizers say they want to avoid a repeat of that and imposed a Plan B. Parking signs and police officers will direct motorists where to park, said Roger Doctor, an air show spokesman. Spectators will be taken by shuttle bus to the airport grounds, Doctor said.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy passed through the Miami Valley on Friday and dumped 2.69 inches of rain, breaking a previous record of 1.04 inches in 1869, according to forecasters.

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The Thunderbirds canceled demonstration flights at the air show this weekend after a two-seat Thunderbird F-16D jet slid off a runway Friday and overturned, temporarily trapping two crew members. They were transported to Miami Valley Hospital and reported in good condition, authorities said. A decision on whether the team would fly Sunday was not determined Friday.

For those attending, bright yellow signs and police officers will direct motorists to alternative paved lots to avoid saturated grassy fields, Doctor said.

“There will be a lot of traffic direction signage,” he said.

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Two general admission lots will be located at the former Emery Freight Building on Old Springfield Road and at Butler High School on Dixie Highway. Shuttle buses to the air show will run continuously .

Pavilion and Chalet ticket holders with a P-Lot parking pass on their rear view mirror will be routed to a new lot off Northwoods Boulevard at the former Mahle building, organizers said. Chairman’s Club and VIP parking passholders should follow VIP directional signage to park on a paved area near the main show gate, according to the air show.

Busing air show attendees may take longer than usual, but Doctor said the plan will get everyone inside the gate. “The thing that I really want to emphasize to everybody is that there will be busing for everybody,” he said.

Performing acts scheduled to fly included an F-35 Lighting II and P-51 Mustang flying together as part of a Heritage flight, a Navy F/18 Super Hornet jet fighter demonstration, world champion aerobatic performers Sean D. Tucker and Rob Holland, the Geico Skytypers, the Misty Blues all-women skydiving team and twin World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bombers in a flying tribute to the Doolittle Raiders, among other performers.

About 50 aircraft were expected to be displayed on the tarmac, including an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber and a Navy Poseidon P-8 anti-submarine hunting jet.

“We still have a lot of aircraft here, a lot more coming, a lot more for people to see and do once they get on the grounds,” Doctor said.

The weekend forecast called for partly cloudy skies this weekend with the chance of a pop shower. High temperatures were expected to be in the 70s, according to WHIO-TV Storm Center 7 meteorologists

The heavy rainfall canceled two youth-oriented events at the air show grounds and a parade in Vandalia on Friday.

“Part of the (parade) staging area is flooded,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. “We can’t stage the units to get them out on the parade route and we’re not going to force people to sit in the rain to watch the parade.”

Some parade units also canceled because of the weather, he said. Roberts said it was only the second time he knew of that the yearslong tradition was scrubbed.

The Greater Dayton RTA will offer continual shuttle service from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to the show’s main gate for $3. Hourly shuttle service also is available from the Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton to the air show main gate. RTA fares from downtown to the airport will apply, organizers say.

The service will be provided between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the air show.

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Staff writer Grant Pepper contributed to this story.


WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia

HOURS: 9 6 p.m. June 24-25

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through noon Sunday, June 25. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Call 888-695-0888 for tickets. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

INFO: Vectren Dayton Air Show website

LIVE INTERVIEWS: WHIO-TV will have live interviews from the show throughout the day

TRAFFIC REPORTS: Listen to AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO for traffic news.

Day spa chooses Liberty Twp. for first standalone location

Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 10:46 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 2:23 PM

            Woodhouse Day Spa plans to build its first standalone location at 7272 Liberty Way in Liberty Twp., just down the road from Liberty Center. The spa will open early next year, likely in February. CONTRIBUTED

The Woodhouse Day Spa will construct a new location in Liberty Twp. just down the road from Liberty Center.

The spa is planned to open at 7272 Liberty Way early next year, likely in February, according to owner Chris Mann, who also owns locations in the Hamilton County suburb of Montgomery, as well as The Greene Towne Center in Beavercreek.

“We are the first standalone Woodhouse Day Spa in the country so there is really nothing like this anywhere,” Mann told this media outlet.

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Available services will include massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, body treatments, aromatherapy baths and waxing, he said.

“They will be similar in type and price to what we offer at our other locations,” Mann said.

The business will feature Victorian decor, plus 15 private guest treatment rooms, men’s & women’s quiet rooms, duet massage rooms, bath & massage room, a manicure/pedicure room and more.

Staffing is planned to start at 25 employees but is expected to expand to more than 60 employees, according to Mann.

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The new location bridges the gap between the Montgomery and Beavercreek locations and taps into the growing popularity of the area of West Chester and Liberty townships, Mann said.

“We liked being close to Liberty Center but not in it because we wanted our guests to feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the mall, and also be able to provide convenient parking,” he said. “We’re also hopeful that the larger size of this spa will allow us to accommodate larger groups, celebrations and corporate events.”

Include a Columbus location, there are three Woodhouse Day Spa locations in Ohio and 54 nationwide.

For more information, visit

Miami Twp. real estate firm buys $65M Denver complex

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 1:34 PM

            Broadstone Gardens at Cherry Creek. Contributed

The Connor Group, a Miami Twp. real estate investment firm, has expanded into the Denver area.

The company has acquired for $65 million the upscale apartment complex Broadstone Gardens at Cherry Creek.

Broadstone Gardens at Cherry Creek was built in 2014 in the Cherry Creek subdivision. The apartments offer nearby locations such as the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North, which together offer a mix of indoor and outdoor retail and dining options, art galleries, independently-owned boutiques, spas, and upscale stores such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

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This marks the 12th location for the company, which started with only three locations in Dayton in 1992.

“We identified Denver as a possible market for expansion in our 2016 strategic planning process. We’ve been looking at a number of Class A properties in Class A locations and waiting for the right opportunity. This is a great way to launch a new market, with a high-end community in a well-established area,” said owner Larry Connor.

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With locations in more than 10 cities, such as Cincinnati, Dayton and Minneapolis, The Connor Group owns over 13,000 units.

For more information on The Connor Group and their locations, visit here.

Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:31 AM


Giordano’s, a Chicago-based pizzeria, opened a location in Columbus near Polaris Fashion Place mall.

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The restaurant, located at 2137 Polaris Parkway, marks the business’ first location in Ohio.

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Opened in Chicago in 1974, the pizzeria has become an acclaimed establishment. Giordano’s has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, New York Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many others.

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The restaurant is most known for their handcrafted stuffed deep dish pizza. Created in Torino, Italy, the recipe has evolved over 200 years, according to Giordano’s.

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Giordano’s has more than 50 locations throughout the Midwest, as well as Florida, Nevada, and Arizona.

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For more information about Giordano’s and their menu, visit here.