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AG accuses South Haven Menards of price-gouging

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:33:48-04

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — The Michigan Attorney General's office has sent a cease and desist letter to Menards after receiving multiple reports of price-gouging at several locations.

Investigators say Menards is exploiting public fear about coronavirus and is increasing prices on products like bleach and face masks. In a complaint to the attorney general's office, a man said an employee warned him the displayed price of bleach had been doubled at the register. The letter claims the store is unlawfully jacking up the prices at the expense of the public during a time of need.

Menards has 10 days to respond to the letter or risk being further investigated and facing legal action from the state.

The state's Consumer Protection Team's has extended its hours of operation because of the high number of complaints it has been receiving. As of Tuesday morning, the attorney general's office has received 363 complaints on price-gouging.