May 2012 Locations Update

May 31st, 2012 · 11 Comments

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.

Louisiana

Could it be that Louisiana will be getting two new Costco locations next year?

New Orleans

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.

Baton Rouge

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.

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  1. 1 Bob L // 2013.04.06 at 7:52 am

    I am a member of Costco…..joined about 8 years ago. I live in Columbia and have been waiting like everyone else for a Costco to come to Columbia.

    I finally emailed them last week and here is the response I got back:

    Dear (took my name out),

    We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale.

    While currently we do not have any public information regarding plans to open a Costco in the Columbia South Carolina area, our real estate department is continually looking for ideas for new locations around the country and around the world.

    We will forward your suggestion to our Real Estate Department so they are aware of your interest.

    Thank you,

    Sue G
    Costco Wholesale Corporation

    It looks like for the time being we will not be getting a Costco in Columbia.

  2. 2 Wb // 2012.11.25 at 12:24 pm

    Why not Columbia, SC? We need a COSTCO.

  3. 3 Costco louisiana | Zxr12 // 2012.09.07 at 2:52 pm

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  4. 4 Mark // 2012.06.04 at 10:43 am

    We’re getting a much needed Costco in Cedar Park, TX (suburb of Austin, TX) due to open in late 2012 or early 2013:

    http://www.hillcountrynews.com/news/business/article_444145a4-25a6-11e1-b5c2-0019bb2963f4.html

    • 5 Kimberly // 2012.06.09 at 3:15 am

      @Mark – I had heard that Cedar Park might be getting one but at that time it was just kind of speculation and rumor. I think they were still just in the stages of thinking it would be good to have another location to the north of the Austin area. I’ll be sure to update my list of new locations.

  5. 6 Tim // 2012.06.03 at 7:40 pm

    Why can’t we get a Costco in WV??? The Charleston / Huntington areas have more than enough people to support a Costco. Put one in Teays Valley and it will be huge!

  6. 7 Bill // 2012.06.03 at 9:30 am

    Costco insider here. Got info that they are opening a new one in Sugarland, TX in March 2013 with about 4 others in the Houston area coming soon thereafter.

    • 8 Krissy // 2012.11.24 at 11:15 pm

      Any idea where the other 4 Houston area locations might be? Please say Katy — right now I drive past 3 Sam’s Clubs on my way to Bunker Hill, and Sugar Land will still be 30 minutes away for the Katy area.

  7. 9 Wb // 2012.06.02 at 2:34 pm

    We hear rumors of a COSTCO in the Columbia, SC area. Is there any credibility to them?

    • 10 Kimberly // 2012.06.09 at 3:19 am

      @Wb – I haven’t heard anything that leads me to believe it’s anything but a rumor, unfortunately. But I do a monthly update of location news, so if I read anything it will be in my summary at the end of the month.

      • 11 Dee // 2013.01.08 at 6:07 pm

        Have you any more news about Costco coming to Columbia, SC since your post last here? All i see on the map is Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Greenville and then near or off the border of those areas in NC. We really need one which would be a good location on Harbison Blvd. by Lake Murray where shopping in that area and across the Lake into more shopping in Lexington, SC.

        Something is being built by the Walmart on Harbison Blvd. but we have no idea yet what it is. The building is up since Christmas but no sign of what it is. If that was the case, it would be a block from Walmart and Sam’s Club.

        Thank you for your answer!

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