Mmmkay - so since we've moved into our place here in Blaine (1.5 yrs ago), I've always said that the number of big box home improvement stores nearby is ridiculous. Well apparently there weren't enough. By next summer, there will be an additional Lowes and Home Depot. Here's what the tally will be after those two are open...these are all within a 5 minute drive from my house.

Lowes - 2
Home Depot - 3
Menards - 2


Are they all really necessary? There have already been reports of sales at HD could argue that this is due to the calming housing market. If I were a betting man, I'd be willing to put a fairly healthy wager on the fact that several of these home improvement megastores won't be around in 10 years.