We have many Menard's stores near us in Chicagoland. While Menard's serves a definite niche in the hobby none of their offerings to date have really peaked my interest.
Without a home layout, that takes the buildings off the list. When they first came out with cars I bought a hopper and a box car. Something about them didn't appeal to be. Not sure if it was physical or mental, with me probably mental, so I've avoided them. Luckily with all the train shows we have in the area I can pick up inexpensive Lionel rolling stock all day long.
I guess that means more for the rest of you!!