St. Ann to help Northwest Plaza

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - It's been an uphill battle to stop the steady decline of Northwest Plaza.  But Wednesday night the city of St. Ann hopes to turn the corner.  The St Ann tiff commission voted tonight on a plan to bring a new store to the mall. 

The tiff commission is expected to approve a plan that would bring the first Menards to the St. Louis area.  It's a home improvement type store.  The commission is still meeting at the St. Ann community center right now.

Menards is based in Wisconsin.  The company has 262 stores in 13 states.  This would be their third Missouri location they have stores in Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.   It`s no secret that the city of St. Ann has struggled to find a solution to generate some money from what`s essentially a vacant mall.  The plan is not to reopen the mall, but instead add other stores.  They won`t connect with each other the way indoor malls do.  But one big idea is to furnish a Lambert Airport shuttle for air travelers to do their shopping in St. Ann.

If the city follows the recommendation of the tiff commission and approves this plans the mayor says Menards could be open by 2014.