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menards for 10k a season????????

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by windrowsnow, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    placed a bid for a menards in our area....called today to follow up....went with a contractor an hour away for 10 grand for the entire season not including salt menards will supply it. measured the lot out to be roughly 9 acres of pavement with no place to put the snow in the lumberyard....how is this possible?
  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    I bid on a couple here, one that was 8 acres went for 12k, allegedly someone was going to do all the southeastern wisconsin stores for that much. The manager returned (after 5 calls or so) my call, and asked me if I "actually get those rates" I quoted. Yes, F@#$ you, guess I know not to waste my time bidding on a menards again. $60 an hour for a truck....load the snow out of the lumber yard for free.....spread their salt for free....I dont know what the point is, why even waste your time.
  3. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Yeah I tried bidding last year on our Menards. F that, they are freakin nuts. They were mad at me because I was going to spread salt at the same rate I do minus the salt cost. All they were spreading was solar salt, so $3.50 off my 50lbs of material applied price. The manager said I was nuts. Oh well, I will make money somewhere else then buddy!:)
  4. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Thats nuts, thay want you to salt for free!

    There the next walmart
  5. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    yeah, the manager that I talked to seemed mad at me for my bid. trying to belittle my pricing f you buddy.
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,235

  7. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    spreading their salt is the new thing...i have a customer wants us to do that.

    didnt like it when we said we would not be liable for a slip and fall due to running out of salt...they wanted us to manage their salt too!
  8. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Menard's and Meijer no good
  9. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

  10. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,235

    Wow, first compliment I've received in a while.

    Here I thought I was just giving smart ass replies and not helping as the intent of this site is.
  12. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Mark, that was a smart ass reply. :nod:
  13. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    All the Menards stores is my area are the same way. Low bid get the work period. They want you to load your spreader with their 50lb bags and de-ice the entire lot. Let the idiots do these stores for nothing and at the end of the season they can look back at what they really made.
  14. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    I bid on one last year. I dropped my panty on our per hour price and i was at $69 per hour. I figure i would make up for it with the amount of salt we would put down since it was about 11 acres with the lumber yard.
    After i did my song and dance to the manager about our experience and equipment line up he told me a guy who lives across the street from the store had quoted $35-$40 per hour (not sure exact amount it was last year). Even the manager couldnt believe the guy was that low.
    The manager had come from a different store and he said they usually get quotes in the $50-60 range. The guy had 3 trucks so he signed the contract with him. Pretty much the manager knew the guy was going to screw it up but corp. told them to go with the lowest.

    I wish i would have gone by there last year when we got 6" of snow to see how they did:cry:
  15. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I wont bid ours for the same reasons as stated above. Plus I don't like the fact that you have to wait for the rent-a-cop to show up just to let you into the lumberyard portion.

  16. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    When i bid last year they said they built some "plow like thing" that they strapped onto there folk lifts and would start plowing the lumber yards "if they felt like it"
  17. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I was going to say the same thing about the forklifts here. Apparently they have a corporate directive to whip out the strap-on, if they feel like it.

    Mark & WiPens... tongue in cheek really, me no smart ass. I think you abruptly ended a couple of threads from noobs who didn't use the search before -by posting a link that beat the subject to death.:salute:
  18. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I've never posted a link - cause I don't know how to :drinkup:
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    "Rent-a-cops. I hate rent-a-cops too."
  20. plowmanben

    plowmanben Member
    from MI
    Messages: 95

    I drove by my local Menards last year and I saw them using these out in the main parking lot. I couldn't help but laugh...I wish I had my camera with me.