Menards opening four locations; Old Chicago opening one, closing another

The Menards in St. Joseph, Mo., will soon have company closer to the metro area: A new store is opening in Belton.
The Menards in St. Joseph, Mo., will soon have company closer to the metro area: A new store is opening in Belton.

Wisconsin-based home improvement retailer Menards is looking for employees for its first area store.

Applicants can come to the store, 800 E. Markey Parkway in Belton, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting Wednesday and through Sept. 10 to fill out an application and be interviewed on-site. Menards is looking for part-time and full-time employees but declined to comment on the number of employees it would hire for the location, or the opening date.

Menards also is opening three other area stores: 4101 S. Little Blue Parkway, Independence; 8901 N. Green Hills Road in the Northland; and 14011 W. 135th St. in Olathe. A Menards spokesman said opening dates are “yet to be finalized.”

The family-owned company started in 1958. It is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis., and has more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states.

Old Chicago opening, closing

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom plans to open one area location in October and close another.

It is scheduling a mid- to late-October opening at 4661 S. Cochise Court in Independence, near Slim Chickens.

But it also plans to close its Overland Park restaurant, at 11721 Metcalf Ave., on Oct. 7 after more than 13 years.

Rebecca Fischer, spokeswoman for parent company CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc., with corporate offices in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Broomfield, Colo., said the Overland Park location came to the “natural end of its lease.”

“We had a really good run there,” she said.

Another CraftWorks brand, Rock Bottom Restaurant Brewery, had previously occupied the space, along with several other restaurants — Trotter’s Barbeque and More, Champps Americana, and Super Buffet. But CraftWorks’ latest Old Chicago prototype calls for a smaller space.

Old Chicago has 71 corporate-owned locations and 33 franchises in 24 states, including area locations in the Northland and Olathe. It is looking at additional area locations.

It serves made-from-scratch pizza and offers three crust types that are made in-house daily. Other menu items include twice-cooked chicken wings, Sicilian pepperoni rolls with house-made marinara sauce, Italian nachos, burgers and sandwiches, entree salads and pastas like spaghetti pie. It also has 30 beers on tap.

The Independence location will have about 50 to 55 employees.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC