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AG’s Office warns Menards about business guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:00 AM, Apr 02, 2020

MICHIGAN — The attorney general's Office is warning Menards of proper business guidelines after reports surfaced stores were not following the proper protocal issued by Gov. Whitmer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The current climate should not be viewed through the lens of business opportunism where dollars drive decisions over the good of the public’s health,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel. "We 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.”

Home improvement stores like Menards are allowed to remain open, but must comply with the orders issued by the governor. This means having a limited staff on site and sell supplies that are essential for the upkeep and safety of the home.

Menards had previously been accused of price gouging after receiving 18 consumer complaints from about face masks, bleach and other products being sold at high prices. Those complaints prompted a cease and desist order from the attorney general's office in March.

Nessel also released a video urging the public to continue practice social distancing and order supplies online whenever possible.

To find out more about Gov. Whitmer's Executive Order click here.