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Woodsonia provides an update on the multi-million dollar project in Joplin, the fate of Mendards unknown

The privately held Menards operates 351 locations in 15 states. Their closest locations to Joplin are Springfield and Wichita, KS. Home Depot, Lowes, Sutherland's, Ace Hardware, TH Rogers Lumber, and Walmart already operate several locations in the Joplin metro area.

Last night, the Joplin City Council got an update on the Woodsonia project being developed in the southeast portion of town near Interstate 44. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The developers of a multi-million dollar project that could reshape the community got mixed reviews from council members Tuesday night.

The newest component could be a 33.6 million dollar eight-screen movie theater with reclining seats, bar, and restaurant. Council member Chuck Coppell said he was “excited about the project rather than just having another set of strip malls,” unquote.

Coppell also questioned the development group, Woodsonia, regarding when the Menard Home Improvement Warehouse could break ground. Drew Snyder, President of Woodsonia, had this response.

“They ebb and flow based on the political winds. And so, I’ve done a lot of work for those guys over the years. They are a hard group to read. We were under the impression that this may get slotted in the 2023 budget season for them. I don’t know if that happened or not. So I really cannot give you a good answer anticipate starting construction.”

In Woodsonia maps and graphics advertising the development, Menards is designated an anchor property. For 89 9 KRPS News, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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