The Menard's online store is a website that allows you to peruse weekly ads and research the hardware brands the store offers. If you need to purchase any of the merchandise they showcase in their ad, then you need to physically visit a Menard's store, unlike online department stores. Otherwise most products are ordered through Midwest Manufacturing, if you order merchandise online.
Menard's is a hardware and home improvement store selling many major brands as well as private label products. As of June 2009, Menard's has over 250 stores in 12 states, mainly in the Midwest. Even though Menard's was founded in 1962, the online store went live in 2004. Since its inception, Menard's has always been a privately owned company, and ranks as the third largest hardware store. Home Depot and Lowe's are numbers one and two.
Menard's Online Store Layout
From the main page of the Menard's online store you can do all the basics. Six tabs near the top allow you to navigate to all the other pages in the site.
- Menard's includes FAQs, Supplier forms, Guest Services, and Return Policies.
- Promotions includes rebate forms, Energy Star information, activities for kids, and Menard's weekly ad.
- Store Services includes links to featured products, order lookup, projects listings, product recall information, and warranty registration.
- Gift Center allows you to register for gifts and purchase gift cards.
- Credit Programs lets you apply for the Big Card and access your existing account whether you are a consumer or a business.
- Careers includes current job listings, information about Menard's as an employer, and current internship programs.
Some of the more popular links are featured below the tabs. You can look at the current flyer, check your order, see what products are featured, apply for a Big Card, and see current promotions. For example, in June, Father's Day gifts and projects are listed; during the summer, home improvement projects are featured. Clicking on any of the product listings will take you to the page in their current ad.
Viewing Menard's online store ad is best if you have a broadband connection. Dial-up users need to view the text version for quicker load times. The ad starts in a "thumbnail" view, where you can see pictures of the items, but may not be able to see prices or descriptions. Hovering your mouse over the picture brings up a quick pop-up showing what is written in the advertisement. If looking at small pictures and waiting for a pop-up to appear is too troublesome, you can magnify the pages. The subsequent pages of the ad may load slower because the graphics are larger.
To quickly view portions of the ad, you can select a category on the left side of the page. Merchandise sales are broken down by categories like carpet, automotive, doors, and hand tools. Clicking on a category doesn't bring up the visual portions of the ad; instead anything on sale is listed from top to bottom.
Special Order Center
At their special order center online, you can find some items that are new or not available in the store. Menard's offers free shipping on most of the products, which include anything from rugs and wallpaper to kitchen and bath accessories. There is a good selection online, but if you are searching for a large item like a bathtub or an arbor, visit your local Menard's first to see if they have that particular item available. You may not have to wait to have it shipped to you. Unfortunately, if the actual store has the product, the price may be less expensive ordering it online. As of this writing, Menard's does not match online pricing.
Information at Menard's
Most information you need about Menard's and their online store is found on the website. Below are some direct links to what users most commonly click: