July 2012 Locations Update

July 31st, 2012 · 30 Comments

I know that this is probably the most anticipated post I do each month, so hopefully at least a few people will be happy to read the good news that a Costco is coming to their area.  If I haven’t written about a location you’re curious about, or don’t have it on the Locations page list of New Locations, send me an email and I’ll see if I can find anything.

Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

It’s official, building has started on the new Costco set to open in Drummondville on November 27, 2012.   The new warehouse, which will include a gas station, will be on Highway 20 (Transcanada Highway).  Right now it doesn’t look like much, but that will certainly change in the next couple of months so that they can be ready for their November opening date.  And, thanks for the picture, Jacques!

Wheaton, Maryland

As the gas station turns…the saga of the Costco gas station continues.  Costco will be opening  a new warehouse at the Westfield Wheaton Mall and there has been much contentious discussion about whether there can be a gas station attached or not.  The problem arises from the nearby neighborhood, precisely the community pool and tennis courts apparently.  So this issue has been going back and forth with lots of people complaining about the nearness of the gas station to the neighborhood.  Well, the Montgomery County Council unanimously voted Tuesday to tighten gas station zoning restrictions and has put an end to Costco’s gas station plans.  The new zoning regulations bans large gas stations from locating within 300 feet of public or private spaces like schools and playgrounds.  At this point, Costco is still planning on opening the store in October as planned.  However, they are looking at things to see if they can add the gas station in another location on the site, someplace farther from the swimming pool and tennis courts.  The plan was for the gas station to be built on a vacant piece of land southwest of the store, which the county was hoping would play a part in revitalizing the area.  We shall see how this finally plays out, but it looks like, for now at least, there will be no gas station at the new Costco in Wheaton.

 Wasghington, D.C.

The first Costco in D.C. is scheduled to open in November (I don’t know the exact date yet, sorry), and to kick things off they held a job fair  at the Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Northeast Washington for local residents.  An amazing 2,000+ people showed up to apply for the 200 open positions!   Costco is looking to fill 200 positions such as managers, meat-cutters, stock workers, and other positions.  Robert King, from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, organized the job fair with Costco to combat the neighborhood’s high unemployment.   While the employment rate for the District is 9%, in the area where the church is, Ward 5,  there is much higher unemployment.  King said he hopes to hold job fairs for the other retailers coming to the area.  And Joe Elutrio, warehouse manager for Costco, said his company might hold another job fair in September.  People were asked to pre-register to get an interview during the job fair.  But 2,000 people signed up so quickly that the job fair organizers had to close pre-registration.  However, there were still lots of people that showed up as walk-ins, some were granted interviews and some were asked to just drop off their resumes.  It seems like Costco will be a very welcome employer for the area.

Lexington, Kentucky

If you live around Lexington and have been hoping for a Costco, then you are in luck.  Costco has filed an application with the Planning Commission to build a new warehouse in the Hamburg area.  The new store is planned for the corner of Man o’ War and Polo Club boulevards, across I-75 from the primary Hamburg shopping area.  The planning stages could take a while to get approval since Costco will need to ask the city for permission to modify the zoning regulations governing the site, because the law prohibits stores the size of Costco currently.  So it could be a bit of a wait, but hopefully the new Costco will open within  the next year or so.

Adelaide, Australia

It looks like Costco will be opening a new location in Adelaide sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.  According to Patrick Noone, Costco’s Australian managing director, Costco has identified two locations in Adelaide, one in the north and one in the south, and they are in discussions now for those properties.  Although he wouldn’t give details on where exactly the locations were, he did say that either spot would be centrally located since Adelaide isn’t a huge city.  He also indicated that eventually Costco expects to open two or even three different warehouses around Adelaide.

Melbourne, Australia

It looks like Melbourne will be getting a second Costco location in mid 2013 (July or August 2013).  Costco made the official announcement recently that their next Australia location will be in Ringwood, near Melbourne.  Construction will begin in August for the 14,500 square-metre warehouse at the old Ringwood market site, on the corner of Bond and Market streets.  The new warehouse will employ 400 and include a two level car park for 1,000 cars.  With this new Melbourne location and the new store in Adelaide, that will give Costco five locations in Australia by early 2014.  This will be Costco’s second location in Melbourne since the original Costco Australia store opened in 2009 at Docklands.  Currently, the only other Costco Australia warehouses that are open for business are in Sydney and Canberra.

If you are interested in receiving further details, including when you can sign up for membership for the new store, you can registrer at the Costco Australia website.

Holiday Closures and Hours for August 2012

Costco Canada:

Regatta Day: Wednesday, August 1 OPEN. Exceptions: Newfoundland which is CLOSED.
Civic Holiday: Monday, August 6 OPEN. Exceptions:  Sudbury, Province of New Brunswick, BC, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba CLOSED.
Province of Nova Scotia OPEN 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Not a lot of holidays and closures this month.  If I didn’t list holiday closures for the Costco in your country and you think there are some, it is probably because they are not listed on the respective Costco websites. Or, in the case of Mexico, my Spanish isn’t good enough to figure out if I’m missing something or not and Google translate doesn’t work for the whole site (some of it is images instead of text unfortunately).

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30 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Shelley // 2014.06.29 at 10:32 pm

    I, too am wondering if a second Costco will open in Saskatoon, SK. Hoping we get one on the south side.

  2. 2 nick // 2014.01.06 at 3:07 pm

    When is North Brunswick interviewing candidates?

  3. 3 Derek // 2013.12.23 at 2:19 pm

    Just checking on a second Costco in Saskatoon, Sk? We are heading rumors about one in the south end of our city.

  4. 4 Cherrie // 2013.04.25 at 6:38 am

    Can you tell me when the lexington ky Costco will be breaking ground?
    When is the schedule opening?
    Thanks

    • 5 Kimberly // 2013.04.25 at 8:55 pm

      @Cherrie – I believe that location is supposed to open in October 2013.

      • 6 Cherrie // 2013.04.26 at 6:31 am

        Hi,
        Any ideas on when their breaking ground? Looks like nothing has changed on the location were its going up .

  5. 7 BobM // 2013.03.18 at 12:08 pm

    Rumors every where that Pensacola will have the privilage of hosting a Costco in the very near future. Wish this was a fact and not a rumor. Any intel on this? Folks are wsiting for the ground breaking.

  6. 8 Cynthia // 2013.03.03 at 8:13 pm

    We’re still hearing rumors that you are going to build in Pensacola Fl, but no response from costco

  7. 9 Denis // 2013.02.21 at 4:10 pm

    How about a Costco in daytona beach

  8. 10 Sally B // 2012.12.27 at 6:21 pm

    Will a Costco store open, in Pensacola Fl, soon? We’ve been hearing rumors for over a year.

    Thanks..

  9. 11 Thomas Dewey // 2012.11.20 at 4:20 pm

    Hi this is the real update news for
    The new Costco in Drummondville / Quebec
    Its Grand opening is set for Dec 11 2012
    Not november 2012 iv been to the new sight were there opening at of
    The auto rout eastbond side with Costco gas as one of the perks
    They also have a Temp membership office set up in drummondville quebec 10 miles from
    There new store to let prospective members to join and there making you cards from there
    So you dont need to be standing in a line to join
    On first day . They are giving a free gift bag with Costco on it
    Reusable Big Bag and there also giving the new book out there
    You can go during hours there there and the speak english and french
    To help all members at the temp office you can verify this by yellow pages shows
    There temp office in drummondville quebec to take advantage of pre getting your card and the gift they also photo card your choice on the spot reg membership exc or outher
    Beat the line up call them at (819) 474-1127 Costco Drummondville Quebec or visit
    Them at there temp office near the Drummondville Quebec Tourist info Center there Temp Office is there Ready to serve This info update comming from a Local resident
    Of Drummondville Quebec Big Costco Fan
    There real sight is still under construction and they will be training up till
    There Grand opening. Set to December / 11 / 2012
    Guarantee ! So they say

  10. 12 Ladora Gregory // 2012.11.08 at 11:44 am

    Hope to see one in either Bismarck or Minot ND, population really growing due to oil exploration and other industries, but land is high.
    Some farmers are selling large areas of land and there is plenty of land between the two cities next to a major highway—83 which runs north and south from Canada
    to way down south. We have a very large air base also.
    Our closes one is Regina Canada.

  11. 13 mike mack // 2012.09.13 at 3:48 pm

    how could a person find out more informa on what costco wants for new loacations, i am in swift current sk and i would love to see one open closer to here, not 2 hours drive one way

  12. 14 Cynthia Schmitt // 2012.08.11 at 4:52 pm

    Have they ever considered Springfied, Missouri?? We have to drive 3 hours to Kansas City. :(
    We have 2 Sam’s Clubs. :(
    I heard rumor that Costo was outbid by Sam ‘s for land. I am assuming it was just rumor. We are all so tired of Sam’s!!

  13. 15 Karen // 2012.08.10 at 3:36 am

    Hi Kimberly, thanks for keeping everyone updated with all this great information. Have you heard anything about a warehouse opening up in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. There is one in Kona so everyone from Hilo makes a weekend trip of it. There has been talk about it for years but so far nothing. If you could dig up anything that would be great. Thanks again and Aloha!

    • 16 Kimberly // 2012.08.10 at 5:40 am

      @Karen – I’ll see if I can find anything, but at this point I haven’t read or heard anything about a Hilo location. I’ll add it to my list of places to check on though.

      • 17 Karen // 2012.08.12 at 5:07 pm

        Thanks for the reply Kimberly! It’s obvious that you put a lot of time into this website judging by the amount of posts. It makes me proud to be able to say that I work for a company (yes I’m a costco employee and have been for 14 years now) with such a loyal following . I’ll be looking for any updates on Hilo, thanks again

  14. 18 Daisy // 2012.08.08 at 12:16 pm

    Costco coming to Charlottesville, Virginia (Central Virginia)?

  15. 19 Diane Cinousis // 2012.08.05 at 10:02 am

    any plans for a south jersey (deptford, williamstown, sicklerville) Costco?
    we only have ONE Costco that is in Mt. Laurel NJ which is l5 -20+ miles away from our area and traffic there is terrible. Please let us know if there are any plans for our area and when.

    looking forward to your reply, have a great day,’
    thank you,
    Diane Cinousis
    436 First Ave
    Deptford, NJ 08096

    • 20 Kimberly // 2012.08.07 at 6:31 am

      @Diane – I haven’t heard anything, even a rumor, of new locations in that area of New Jersey. I do a post at the end of each month (either the last Tuesday or Thursday) that is a roundup of all of the locations news that I have heard in the last month. You should check back for that post to keep tabs on any upcoming stores in your area.

  16. 21 Louise // 2012.08.05 at 8:38 am

    Hey there! I love your website … just wondering whether you’ve heard anything about the potential Farnborough UK site at all? I understand that planning permission has now been granted (at last!) but I havent heard anything about a potential opening date?

    Thanks and keep up the good work! There are lots of us out there that read your website!

  17. 23 Jennifer // 2012.08.04 at 12:36 am

    Can anyone help me out, I am wondering what population base a city
    needs to have before Costco will build more than one location?
    Saskatoon, SK, could use a second location on the outer south east
    Section of the city.

  18. 24 Mike stone // 2012.08.03 at 6:46 am

    Pensacola Florida?????????
    I heard they were looking to build there, then they found a potential lot to build on then all of a sudden they canceled their plans for that location??? Can somebody please tell me whats up with Pensacola Florida and Costco????

    • 25 John // 2012.08.17 at 8:34 pm

      Pensacola –

      Rumor of potential location is that it will be on West Nine Mile Road where there is quite a bit of acreage available. One crossing street has all 4 corners available. They would do great there, and lots of businesses would then surround them. Love Costco, hope it is true!!!

  19. 26 Mary // 2012.08.02 at 3:47 pm

    I would also like to know when the North Brunswick NJ site will open. I’m tired of trekking to the crowded Edison warehouse.

  20. 28 Fred // 2012.07.31 at 2:57 pm

    There is a Costco scheduled to open next month in Edmonton, Alberta. It is across the road from the River Cree Casino.

    • 29 Kimberly // 2012.07.31 at 4:43 pm

      Yup, it’s on my list on the Locations page. It’s scheduled to open October 19, 2012.

  21. 30 Central Jersey // 2012.07.31 at 1:01 pm

    A few days ago a “Costco Coming Soon” sign was put up in North Brunswick, NJ on Route 1 northbound side. No sign of construction yet. This is the former Johnson & Johnson site. Hopefully someone will post a photo of the sign soon.

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