When customers enter the new Menards a workout will ensue in result of the company's brand new layout, the second of Menards stores containing the remarkably endless design.

The 2008 recession that inflicted an unemployment rate of 6 percent in Phelps County has recovered to the current unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The sign of growth in employment coincides with the evolving business climate that has attracted a slew of new businesses--the latest addition Menards Mega Store.

The new location brought 175 jobs to the area comprised of Rolla residents for the ‘Menards Rolla Team,’ said Menards assistant store manager, Brent Wagner.

The 169,000 sq. ft. family-owned company that was founded in 1958 has an additional 50,000 sq. ft. lumber storage directly behind the building as well, differentiating the company from Lowes, according to the president of Investment Realty Inc., Mike Woessner.

“Lowes keeps its lumber inside and Menards is actually a little bigger store than Lowes and all their lumber is outside in a different building, so you are going to see a lot more merchandise inside Menards than you will Lowes,” said Woessner.

Next on the horizon is the opening of Ross Stores in July 2018.

The grand opening for Menards is Tuesday, June 19, at 1601 Westside Drive.