Okay, I know I totally slacked off in December and January, but I’m back with an update of Costco locations news. Some of these stories a little old, and I apologize for that, but it’s still news that I thought I should share. Costco plans to open 20 new locations in their 2012 fiscal year (that’s through the end of August), so I expect I’ll have plenty of news to share about these new spots throughout the year. I’ve also updated the list on my Locations page, but if you see one that I’ve forgotten let me know.
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Building work has begun on the new Oshawa Costco location that is expected to open in August 2012, if all goes smoothly. The new location is being built at the corner of Ritson Road and Adelaide Avenue. The city had to rezone the land to a Special Commercial Area, which allows for building of things like an animal hospital, a funeral home, a brew-your-own-beer store and amongst other things, Costco. Since the land has been vacant for 10 years, this is a great development project that the city council is hoping will lead to new development in the area.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
The city of Guleph’s planning department has received an application for a new 143,000-square-foot Costco warehouse on a 13-hectare site on the northwest corner of Paisley Road West and Elmira Road North. The site is where the Mitchell Farmhouse was located; the granite fieldstone house sat on land operated by the Mitchell family since 1834. However, the city approved a plan to demolish the farmhouse in 2005 but there were no actual plans at that point for development just verbal discussions about a shopping center. The Armel Corporation which owns the land, plans to develop the site that is bounded by Paisley Road to the south, Elmira Road to the east, the Canadian National Railway tracks to the north and the city boundary to the west. No opening date has been set at this point.
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
St. Albert could be getting a new Costco location, if the developer and city can settle past disagreements. Costco would make up a part of a 50-acre shopping centre located on the east side of Highway 2, just north of King of Kings Lutheran Church at the north end of St. Albert Trail. The big obstacle in the way of the deal though is an outstanding lawsuit between Landrex and the City of St. Albert. Landrex alleges it has been overcharged for off-site levies in the first two phases of Erin Ridge North and does not want to pay levies for phase three. The city’s mayor, Nolan Crouse, said he believes the two sides will be able to work out the servicing disagreement very soon, without going to court. Landrex has already postponed two court dates as talks have progressed with the city. The developer is hoping that the issues with the city can be cleared up in time to begin building works in April when building season begins, this would allow them to get all the necessary pipe work completed before building can begin. At this point, there’s clearly no opening date, but hopefully the project will move ahead and there will be a new Costco location in 2013 on this spot.
Spanish Fork, Utah
The Spanish Fork City Council approved an incentive package for Costco that will rebate at least $1 million in sales taxes for the first year, as well as pay utility costs for the first four years (estimated at $250,000 per year) once the store is open. The city council members hope that having a store such as Costco will allow them to recapture some of the sales tax money that is leaking out of the community while residents shop at the Costco in Orem or the Sam’s Club in Provo. The new Costco location will be located at the intersection of 200 East and 1000 North in Spanish Fork where city crews have already done grading work on the site. The total incentives package includes waiving all building permit fees, connection charges and impact fees for the project. Also, over the first 18 months the city will pay back Costco’s portion of the sales tax paid by shoppers there, capping it at $1,025,000. Spanish Fork will also reimburse Costco the $225,000 it paid for the land grading, as well as waive utility fees for the first four years of operation. No opening date has been set yet.
Everyone in Rochester that has been posting about wanting a Costco will be happy to learn that a new Costco location there will be opening this year, probably Fall 2012. The new location will be in the northwest part of the city on 19th Street near West Circle Drive, next to a new Kwik Trip that is already in the works. The city had yet to receive official building information as of the end of December, but since this article is a couple of months old now (I know, I know, I should have gotten this posted sooner), I’m sure that plans have been submitted by this point.
Costco plans to expand the number of stores it has serving the Washington, DC area with a new location in Alexandria. The new location will be at 7940 Richmond Highway and has a target opening date of early 2013. That date isn’t super close, but if you live in the area, at least you’ll know that in the next year you won’t have as long a drive to your favorite store.
Washington, DC will also be getting another location, right in the District too. This new location will be in The Shops at Dakota Crossing and part of a large 430,000 square foot retail area that will also include Marshall’s and Shoppers Food Warehouse, as well as a number of restaurants and a fitness center. The Shops at Dakota will be located at the intersection of Fort Lincoln Drive and 33rd Place, NE. While this project has been talked about for a couple of years, the good news is that they finally broke ground at the beginning of February. So, hopefully by late 2012 or early 2013 there will be a shiny new, and open, Costco.
Sad news for those of you awaiting the Southampton store because it looks like it is going to be at least another year before the new location there will open. According to James Cheesemore, from Costco, the landowners are still carrying out work to clear the 10 acre plot off Regents Park Road. Once that work is completed building work should begin later this year with a hope of opening in Spring 2013; it will take around 6 months to complete the building works. When it opens the new Costco will create 132 full-time and 117 part-time jobs for which Costco vows to recruit locally, and expects as many as 70 per cent of its employees to be under 35.
While I don’t have specific new sites to talk about in Australia, there is still some location news. Costco has committed $140 million to further growth and development of three new stores in Australia over the next two years. Currently, Costco has just three locations in Australia but now has a membership base of more than 100,000 in both Melbourne and Sydney but Costco does not want to divulge just how many members they have in Australia. Costco has already picked a second site in Sydney where they would like to open. In addition, they are interested in Brisbane, Adelaide and a second site in Melbourne.
”We would like to do two [stores] in calendar 2013, ideally; we could do three but are likely to do two for sure. We have a couple of sites we are working on – one in Sydney [and] we do like the market in Queensland and would like to have a site up there in Brisbane next year.”
”We are also now looking at a second store in Melbourne,” Mr Noone said, ”and Adelaide is also an interesting area for us.”
As we all know, it is hard for Costco to find the sites that fit their needs perfectly with their big warehouses and accordingly big parking areas, it takes more time than for smaller retailers. But it definitely seems like they are committed to increasing their number of warehouses in Australia in the main population centers, so hopefully you will all be able to shop at a Costco near you in the next couple of years at least.