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New Golden Valley Menards Delayed Due To Contaminated Soil

City planner says construction on the new building will be pushed back three months.

has hit a snag with its plan to build a new store in Golden Valley.

In February, at 6800 Wayzata Blvd. Workers tore down the 30-year-old, 128,000-square-foot structure to make way for a new, 250,000-square-foot, two-story one.

Employees of the Golden Valley location transferred to other stores in the Twin Cities until the new building opens.

The new building was expected to be completed in February 2012.

But workers on the site found contaminated soil and the process to clean it up has delayed the project for three months, according to City Planner Joe Hogeboom.

Last week, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that Bloomington-based Doran Construction will build the new Golden Valley store. Doran Construction has built several Menards in Minnesota, including in Eden Prairie. The company also has constructed various other buildings, including Smashburger in Plymouth and L.A. Fitness in St. Louis Park.

"There isn’t a signed contract yet, but Doran was tapped for the project," wrote Sam Black, Business Journal senior reporter, quoting Principal Kelly Doran.

Hogeboom, however, said he couldn't confirm that because Menards hasn't told city officials that it will award the contract to Doran

Kelly Doran did not respond to phone calls requesting a comment.

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