If sticks and stones break bones, what can two-by-fours and two-inch nails do? Menard is wondering that now that its biggest rivals (#1 home improvement giant The Home Depot and #2 Lowe's) are busy hammering away at its home turf. One of the Midwest's largest home improvement chains, Menard runs more than 285 stores in about 15 states, including Illinois and Michigan. Stores sell floor coverings, hardware, millwork, paint, and tools. Many also stock appliances, pet products, lawn and garden supplies, and even groceries. Menard also sells goods online. Unlike competitors, all the company's stores have full-service lumberyards. Menard is owned by president and CEO John Menard, who founded the company in 1972.