New Menards store opens near 98th and State Avenue

The new Menards store on 98th Street, north of State Avenue, opened this morning to the public.

Wyandotte Daily’s readers have been asking quite frequently when the new Menards store at 1301 N. 98th St. will open.

The store opened to the public this morning at 6:30 a.m., according to general manager Jim Hrivnak. It will be open through 10 p.m. Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

The store has 209,000 square feet inside, he said. Outdoors, where the lumber yard is located, it has 175,000 square feet, he added.

Hrivnak said the Kansas City, Kansas, location, which is on 98th just west of Schlitterbahn, is a little bigger than other Menards stores in the area, but not by much. Menards also has stores in Kansas City North, Olathe and Independence.

It will have the same services as the other area stores, but the store has a different layout, and it will have more selection in lighting, plumbing and electrical items, he said. Besides building supplies, the store also has a garden center.

The store employs about 190 team members, and they are always looking for good team members, he added.

The community “has been fantastic,” Hrivnak said. As they were building the store and putting everything together, every day for the past few weeks there have been over 100 cars coming into the parking lot asking if they were open yet, he added.

“We’re just excited about being here,” he said. “It’s been a long journey putting it together. We hope to see everybody come into the store and check it out.”

Fans making the trek to see Chiefs parade

Two Chiefs fans from Wichita brought a sign with them. They were at a park and ride stop at 47th and State in Kansas City, Kansas, and were on their way to the Chiefs parade and rally Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

Light snow was falling, there was a wind chill of about 18 degrees around 9:25 a.m. Wednesday at the bus depot at 47th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Diehard Chiefs fans were arriving to board a shuttle bus to the Chiefs’ parade and rally in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Fans were carrying blankets, signs and Chiefs gear.

A long line of yellow school buses stood ready on the west side of the former Indian Springs mall to take fans to the parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m. downtown and the rally at 1:30 p.m. in front of Union Station. There is no charge to attend the events. School is out today in Wyandotte County so fans can cheer the Super Bowl winners.

There were no lines of cars waiting to go into the parking lot at 9:25 a.m., and plenty of free parking was available, with police officers on duty.

Two fans from Wichita were carrying a handmade sign that read, “Chiefs Kingdom. We’re Super Bowl Champs.”

Chiefs fans from Junction City, Kansas, brought a blanket that they said they would be using to keep warm today.

Two fans from Kansas City, Kansas, also had a Chiefs blanket that would be providing extra warmth.

Fans were dressing in layers of clothing in order to keep warm. Despite the cold weather, fans seemed eager to start the celebration.

For more details about the parade and rally, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/chiefs-victory-parade-route-announced/.

Fans boarded a shuttle bus to the Chiefs parade and rally on Wednesday. The fans were at the former Indian Springs mall at 47th and State in Kansas City, Kansas. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Chiefs fans from Junction City, Kansas, displayed a blanket they brought with them to keep warm. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Nearly all the Chiefs fans who were seen at the shuttle buses today in Kansas City, Kansas, were wearing shades of red. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Chiefs fans from Kansas City, Kansas, dressed in layers and brought a blanket to keep warm at the parade and rally in Kansas City, Missouri. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Motorists who went to the shuttle location were assisted with parking. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A long line of school buses was waiting for riders along 47th Street. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
More buses were parked on the south side of the former Indian Springs mall, ready to take residents to the parade and rally. (Staff photo)
Fans walked to a shuttle bus to the Chiefs’ parade and rally on Wednesday. The fans were at the former Indian Springs mall at 47th and State in Kansas City, Kansas. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

More snow photos

A tree branch on Friday morning, Jan. 24, in Kansas City, Kansas. The temperature was 32 degrees at 2 p.m. in Wyandotte County, with some fog and mist. There is a 30 percent chance of snow before 4 p.m. Friday. Highways were clear at 2 p.m. Friday. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
A tree and some of its branches on Friday morning, Jan. 24, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
A rain gauge on Friday, Jan. 24, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
More snow photos from Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More snow photos from Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)