The grand opening of the new Menards store in New Ulm will come sooner than expected. Site work on the new home-improvement store on the west end of New Ulm began in May, and the store had originally been slated to open in the Spring of 2013. Menards officials now say that the New Ulm opening has been pushed up to the early winter months in 2013. There is no comment as to why the schedule has changed. The New Ulm Menards will reportedly carry some extended lines of name brand appliances and garden equipment as well as pet supplies and groceries. No timeline on hiring for the store has been set at this time. It will be located at the intersection of Highway 14 and Palmer Avenue in New Ulm, just west of the New Ulm Wal-Mart.