Meny’s True Value opens in FerdinandOctober 28, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — The next chapter in the story of entrepreneurship for the Meny family began earlier this month when Gary and Michelle Meny opened Meny’s True Value in Ferdinand.
Located at 1855 Main St., in the space that previously housed Muller True Value, the Menys’ new location is their third in Dubois County — they also have locations in Jasper and Dubois — continues a tradition that began in Haubstadt in 1881.
“We just continue the tradition of business owners and hardware stores,” Michelle said.
A.M. Schultheis began the tradition when, at age 19, he opened a general store in Haubstadt. After his death in 1935, the business went to public auction where his son, Oscar, and his son-in-law, Victor Meny, purchased the business. Over the years, the business evolved and grew as it passed from generation to generation. Gary and Michelle acquired their portion of the growth in 2003 when they purchased the Jasper store, which opened in 1995. Gary had been working at the Jasper location as the rental manager.
Gary and Michelle opened their Dubois location in 2011, and celebrated the grand opening of the Ferdinand location over the weekend.
“We just saw that there was an opportunity and a need [in Ferdinand],” Michelle said. “We’d heard that they were missing their hardware store.”
At their stores, the Menys offer all the services one would expect from a hardware store, as well as plexiglass cutting and a United Parcel Service — UPS — shipping point. The Ferdinand store doesn’t have a UPS shipping point yet, Michelle said, but it’s in the works. They also offer True Value’s rewards program and True Value’s EasyCare paint.
They and their employees also offer assistance with your projects and help you find what you need — not more, not less. If you only need to fix your faucet, Michelle said, they’ll help you find the parts, not try to sell you on a whole new faucet.
“We offer service from the time you walk in until the time you walk out,” Michelle said. “Honesty, you know. We just take care of our customers.”
That’s one of the benefits of shopping at a locally-owned store, Michelle said. Another benefit is that you can be confident that the money you’re spending is being invested into your community.
“We live in the community,” Michelle said. “We’re spending our dollars here in Dubois County.”
As for the Ferdinand store, Michelle said that so far, it’s been popular. Although it’s only been open a short time, people have been coming in for help with their projects. It’s still early, but it looks like the latest chapter in the Meny family’s business story will be one of success.
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