There have been a few stories in the news this week about new Costco locations that could be coming to a city near you. Some of them are just in the very, very early stages, and some of them are much further along in the building stages. And one of them is already built and running, but now they want to expand and add some new services.
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
I’ll start with the new location that is furthest along and almost done: Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The news is good for those of you that live in the area and have been anxiously awaiting this new Costco. The site preparations are almost complete, and surprisingly ahead of schedule (who knew this could happen in construction). This means that they have the site graded and the big hill that was on the site, is no longer a hill. The site should be ready for Costco to begin building on by May 10. All of this is good news because it will allow Costco to have more time to build and prepare for the opening of the store to be in August, instead of the previously planned September. Also, if you’re looking to work at this new Costco location, they will begin taking applications in mid-May and start hiring for the 125 – 150 positions in June.
- RN-T.com: Rome News Tribune: Less than a month left to meet Fort Oglethorpe Costco deadline
- RN-T.com: Rome News Tribune: Costco deadline moved up to get store open by August
- RN-T.com: Rome News Tribune: Costco to begin taking applications in May for Fort Oglethorpe store
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This possible new location, is in the very early stages. Apparently, after several years of trying to put a deal together in Ann Arbor or neighboring area, Costco may finally have found something. So, the good news is that Costco has a deal to build a store on Ellsworth Road, west of State Street and Tyner Furniture, in Pittsfield Township. The location will require demolition of existing office buildings in Airport Plaza, along with zoning from the township. While it isn’t clear exactly how Costco will go about applying for the rezoning, this does fit in well with the townships plans for development and redevelopment efforts initiated in recent years near the State and Ellsworth intersection. Currently, the township is reworking their master plan with an eye toward economic development and land preservation. By all accounts, it looks like a new Costco location would be ideal for this area and help draw more new retail businesses to the area, as well.
Orange County, California
The Costco location in San Juan Capistrano is interested in expanding to include more space inside the store, as well as a car wash and a gas station. And when you’re the biggest sales-tax generator, you would think it would be easy to get approval for that. The proposal is to add a 24,000-square-foot expansion to the east side of the building toward Doheny Park Road, as well as a four-island gas station and car wash on part of what is now Capistrano Ford. It appears that they also want to upgrade its food court area for outdoor dining. The project must be examined by the Design Review Committee, and it requires Planning Commission approval. City Council approval, however, is not required. The first meeting regarding the proposal is set for May 11th, however, no vote is expected to take place at that meeting.