As much as people still seem to appreciate the Main Street quaintness and authenticity of the corner hardware store for a box of nails or a duplicate key, when it comes to their large-scale home improvement projects, the overflowing parking lots at the big-box national retailers tell the story—Northwest Indiana prefers to go big. And of the three major chains with multiple locations throughout the Region, readers favor the low prices and wide selection at Menards.
This result is perhaps not terribly surprising, considering that with its down-home advertising, highly diverse product selection (including grocery and craft items) and old-school mail-in rebate forms, Menards is probably just about as close to the folksy corner hardware store as one is likely to find among the behemoths.
Locations: 637 U.S. 41, Schererville; 1520 E. 79th Ave., Merrillville; 6221 U.S. 6, Portage
Phone: 219-864-1296 (Schererville), 219-765-8316 (Merrillville), 219-364-4200 )Portage)