I know that this is probably the most anticipated post I do each month, and this month I have good news for a couple of places. 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. If I haven’t added it to the Locations page, it probably means that I haven’t heard even a peep or rumour about a location.
I know that people have been clamouring for a Wichita area Costco for years and I get asked about this fairly regularly. So, hopefully, you will all be excited to hear that there is a new rumour circulating about Costco in Wichita, and it seems to have some substance to it even. While Costco hasn’t officially announced anything yet (as is their standard procedure), it seems that they are interested in purchasing property at the corner of Kellogg and Webb Road. That piece of property is currently owned by Hawker Beechcraft, but they’re in bankruptcy, so that could slow down any deals with Costco. It also seems that Costco is working with city officials, and they would prefer Costco locate in the STAR bond district, which will be anchored by a sports field house and surrounded by a series of destination hotels and retailers. From reading through the comments on the article I would say that a lot of people agree that with the city officials that thing Kellogg and Webb is not the right place for a new Costco in Wichita. In any case, if the rumours are true, it certainly looks like Costco is getting more serious and proactive about getting a location in Wichita.
Costco has gotten over the first hurdle to building their new location near Lexington, in the Hamburg Place area. The new Costco is planned for the corner of Man o’ War and Polo Club boulevards, across Interstate 75 from the primary Hamburg shopping area. That area currently has zoning regulations that prevent a store as large as Costco from being built, so Costco had to get approval for an amendment to the zoning. The Urban County Planning Commission gave Costco approval last week for the needed amendment that will allow a building the size of Costco, approximately 140,000 square feet, to be built in the community center zone. This is the first step to getting Costco in Lexington, the next step is to get approval from the Planning Commission on their development plans for the site. No word yet on when they will be presenting their plans to the Planning Commission though.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
It looks like Costco will be coming to Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have submitted plans to the Fort Wayne Plan Commission for a 150,000 square foot building on the site of the old Seyfert’s Potato Chip plant, just down the street from Sam’s Club on I-69 and Lima Road. Currently, the nearest Costco locations to Fort Wayne are in Indianapolis and Toledo. While the application looks promising, you never know what can come up at the planning commission meetings. The plans will hopefully be approved at the September 10 meeting of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission.
- Indiana’s News Center: Costco Interested in the Summit City
- JournalGazette.net: Costco plans await city’s OK
Good news for those of you in Brisbane, Costco is building a new location there at the Stockland’s North Lakes Business Park. And it will be the first Costco location in Australia to sell petrol. Earlier this month, Costco was granted preliminary planning approval for a 14,000-square-metre store with 750 car spaces and petrol pumps on the seven-hectare site on the corner of Boundary Road and the M1. This could be the fourth Costco location to open in Australia, depending on when it opens as Melbourne is set to get a second Costco store next year too. I haven’t found anything about a potential opening date for the Brisbane location, but will keep an eye out for that information.
While the petrol station will be a new thing for Costco Australia, it’s a big part of Costco US. Costco is hoping to add up to six petrol pumps to all of its new locations and will specifically seek sites where the stores can accommodate the petrol pumps as well. Unfortunately, the new store in Melbourne does not have the room to accommodate the petrol pumps, so they’ll have to wait for cheap Costco petrol. However, the second store in Sydney and the location in Brisbane will both have petrol pumps, if all goes well with planning.
- Property Observer: Big box retailer Costco to open fourth Australian store in Brisbane
- The Sydney Morning Herald: Costco wants its cut of cut-price petrol
Well, sad news for Costco fans in Oklahoma: Costco won’t be building a location there until changes in the Oklahoma laws are made. A survey of 159 restaurant and retail chains’ attitudes about Oklahoma was conducted by Katherine Field Boccaccio, senior editor of Chain Store Age magazine and her results were presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers Idea-Exchange in August. While some businesses are ready to move into Oklahoma (but still less than 20%), there are far more that said they won’t be coming to Oklahoma any time soon, Costco amongst them. Boccaccio said some of the bigger barriers include a lack of suitable locations, a lack of population density or a lack of confidence in the buying power of residents. But for others, the alcohol laws in the state are the biggest, insurmountable, barrier. And that definitely includes Costco, as they have said before. Costco officials told Boccaccio that “the chain cannot do business in Oklahoma until some changes occur,” which she said suggested the alcohol laws are part of the problem. Hopefully, the needed changes will occur for Costco to decide Oklahoma is a good place to build.
Holiday Closures and Hours for September 2012
- Labor Day: Monday, September 3, CLOSED.
- Labour Day: Monday, September 3, CLOSED.
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).