Michigan AG to Menards: Stop engaging in practices that may endanger public, workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Store only allowed to supply essential items

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned Menards to stop engaging in practices that may endanger customers and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

According to Nessel’s office, the company has been violating an Executive Order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Menards can remain open but can only supply goods that are “necessary to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation and essential operations of a residence." The company must also have as few employees as possible working.

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“We have asked that Menards cease any and all practices that run contrary to the spirit and intent of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, including marketing sales to draw large numbers of the general public into their stores for non-emergency purposes,” Nessel said.

Last month, Nessel sent a cease and desist order to Menards after reports that the retailer was jacking up the prices of cleaning supplies and masks.

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