Not as much location news as there was last month, but there is good news for people in Louisiana. They might be getting not just one, but two new locations in 2013. There’s also potential for good news in South Dakota where they could be getting their first location too. Since neither of these states have a single Costco location, I really hope all of these stores manage to get through planning and everything to open in 2013.
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
In mid-May, it was announced that Costco has purchased land with the intent of opening a new store in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The new location will be on a plot of land in the Prairie Lakes development near the interchange of Highway C and Highway 151. There will be a 154,000 square foot store built and it is estimated to cost $8.8 million for the project. The new store should employ something in the neighbourhood of 250 people. This will be the second Costco around Madison and the fourth Costco in Wisconsin. But the best news is that it should be ready to open in October or November!
Hampton Roads (Norfolk), Virginia
The Costco location in Hampton Roads, Virginia might be moving to a new location if Costco can find some land in a location that makes sense. Apparently, the current warehouse is very undersized and very old. Believe it or not, it is the first Price Club location on the east coast and was build in 1984! Not to mention it is just 124,000 square foot in size, which is far less than the average Costco at 148,000 square foot. So far Costco hasn’t got land or anything for a new location, but they are looking because they would like to make the store bigger and update it, according to Jeff Long, Costco’s senior VP for the northeast region.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
While it looks like it still a long ways from opening its doors, Costco appears to be getting closer to opening a location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have proposed a new 155,000 square foot location to be built on a 26-acre site near 41st and Grange (where the former Williams pipeline used to sit, if you’re familiar with the area). As well as the proposed Costco, the site’s developer is also proposing to build a 264 unit apartment complex. But first, the property developer, Don Dunham Jr., needs to get rezoning approval from the city. Which if this process is like most other cities, that could take some serious time. In the first stop, the request will go before the City Planning Commission n June 6th. Then the planning commission will make their recommendation and pass it along to the City Council in July. If there’s anything tricky about it (think gas station), apparently that will be August. There will be two or three public hearings soon where the public can give their feedback. The developer is hoping that everything goes smoothly and they can start the construction in the fall. This would be the first Costco location in South Dakota.
Could it be that Louisiana will be getting two new Costco locations next year?
It looks like Costco will be opening a new 148,000 square foot store on the location of the former Carrollton Shopping Center across from Xavier University sometime in mid-2013. They have been soliciting feedback on the store from city planners and neighbourhood groups for several months now, and are currently awaiting final approval of the design which will include a pharmacy, tire center, and gas station. The project will be a $40 million investment from Costco and become its first location in Louisiana. City officials seem excited by the prospect of welcoming them to the area since the Katrina destroyed the Sam’s Club. City officials believe that the Costco development will eliminate a huge pocket of blight along an otherwise thriving commercial strip and generate millions of new sales tax dollars. Not just that but there will be lots of jobs created by the new store: 120 from the construction project and then 100 full-time and 100 part-time employees will be hired to work in the new store.
It looks like maybe, just maybe, Costco will be turning the former Coca-Cola bottling plant at Airline Highway and I-12 into a new Baton Rouge location. Apparently, there is an offer on the land but it hasn’t completed yet and no one is willing to comment. It seems like a great location since it would be near major roads/highways that would make it easy to get to from. Not a whole lot of news yet, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for everyone in the area. It’s just wrong and sad that you have to depend on Sam’s Club for your only warehouse buys. Hopefully, we’ll hear more soon about this possible location. I agree with one of the people quoted in the article: it really does make some sense to open more than one location in the state to defray the costs of distribution.