SHEBOYGAN — Sam’s Club will not build a store in the Town of Sheboygan after all.
After years of delays, Sam’s Club has decided not to build a store on the former Menards property on County Road J west of Highway 42 across the street from Kwik Trip.
Town of Sheboygan Chairman Dan Hein confirmed Tuesday evening to MySheboygan.com that officials from Sam’s Club called him a few weeks ago to inform the town they would not be moving forward with construction of the membership-only retail warehouse club. Hein said he received the call before the announcement of Sam’s Club store closures in Wisconsin and across the United States.
Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, had purchased the Menards property in 2014 for $5 million. The property is expected to be put on the market in the coming weeks according to Hein.
In March 2014, the Town of Sheboygan granted Sam’s Club a conditional use permit to demolish the Menards store that had been converted into self-storage. The company had proposed building a 136,000-square-foot store and hiring has many as 175 employees.
The store was scheduled to open in 2015 but that date was pushed back to 2017 and 2018.