Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m still not totally healthy again but I know that everyone likes to hear about the new locations, so I figured I had to do this post today. If you’re on the east coast of the US, I hope you’re doing okay and have gotten through hurricane/sub-tropical cyclone/Superstorm Sandy without too much damage or too many problems.
As you’re probably aware, the Concordville Costco location will be opening up in just a few days on November 10. If you’re interested in getting a membership, you should head over there now and sign up before the store opens. They’ve got a great deal going on, as you can see in the ad, where they’ll give you a $20.00 Costco cash card if you sign up for an Executive membership or a $10.00 Costco card if you sign up for a new Gold Star membership. You can see all the details in the ad.
I think I wrote about this last month too, but the Wheaton opening that was supposed to happen on October 18 has had to be delayed due to construction issues. They are now estimating that the new Wheaton store will be open sometime in March or April 2013.
North Riverside, Illinois
It looks like a new Costco location will be coming to Riverside in October or November 2013. The big hurdle of getting approval has gone well with the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously recommended approval of three petitions by the property’s developer. The developer was looking to get approval for rezoning the property to permit retail and allowing the site to be subdivided, the commissions also gave their blessing to creating a planned development district for the project, which will significantly streamline the approval process. Development approval by the village board could happen as early as November, which is pretty critical for the developer to meet their timeline of selling Costco a 16-acre parcel in February 2013. The new 150,000 square foot Costco location will be built at the corner of Harlem Avenue and 26th Street as the majority of a 20 acre development. The rest of the parcel will be broken into four lots along Harlem Avenue.
A new Costco location is coming to Bellevue in 2013, hopefully by November. Costco has made an offer for land on the west side of Bellevue in an area known as the triangle, located about 8 miles for UW-Green Bay. They have also applied for zoning approval. Costco will obviously still need to gain development approval for the 150,000 square foot location. Plus, a type of tax increment financing is also necessary before the project can move forward. The new store will be great for the Green Bay area, but could really be beneficial to UW students looking for part time work.
North Plainfield, New Jersey
It’s official and all approved, Costco will be opening a new 156,000 square foot store in North Plainfield in fall 2013. The planning board approved the plans for the new Costco recently and Costco will be able to being construction in January 2013. The new store will be built on a plot along Route 22 between West End and Rock Avenues. Currently the plot houses a vacant K-Mart, PathMark, Chase Bank and an auto repair shop that Costco will demolish to build their new store and gas station. It is hoped that the new Costco will revitalize development in the area and bring other retailers and services. And in any case, it will certainly be of more use to the city than vacant old stores.
Well, it might take up to 2 years to get done, but eventually, a new Costco location is coming to Redding. The new 148,000 square foot store, complete with a gas station, is being proposed for the Oasis Towne Center off Oasis road in north Redding. But there’s lots and lots to do to the site before the Costco location can be built. The Costco design team is working with the Redding city officials and planners to iron out the details about infrastructure changes that need to happen on the site and the overall design of the site. None of the infrastructure has been completed for the site yet, so sewer and water lines, curbs, sidewalks, and gutters all need to be planned and built before any construction of the actual store can begin. Costco will be applying for building permits in the next few weeks and will present site designs to be reviewed by city planners at that time. The design and work of the infrastructure work will either be carried out by local contractors or Costco at a cost of $7 – 8.5 million.
- Redding.com: Costco’s plans for north Redding move forward; opening of new store could take up to 2 years
It seems that the Quebec Board of the French Language is trying to force US retailers like Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Gap, Guess, and Old Navy to make their signs more French. And they don’t mean the signs in the store, they mean the big signs on the stores that are actually the trademarked names and logos of the stores. So, they want the Walmart sign to be something more like “Le Magasin Walmart” apparently. So, the retailers are going to court to try to avoid these weird changes. Until this gets settled the language board is threatening the retailers with fines ranging from $3,000 – $20,000! According to Nathalie St-Pierre, a vice president at the Retail Council of Canada, there is disagreement over whether the law applies to companies’ trademarked names. In the past, businesses like Walmart and Best Buy have not been required to add French words to the trademark names they emblazon on their stores. Clearly there needs to be clarification. I get that Quebec wants to promote the French language, however, it seems odd to make a company change their name like this. And how do you make Costco more French? Would it be “Costco Marché de Gros“?
Holiday Closures and Hours
- Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 22, CLOSED.
- Remembrance Day: Sunday, November 11, Open; Province of Manitoba, OPEN, 1 pm – 6 pm; Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Prince George, Ottawa Region, OPEN, 12 pm – 5 pm; Provinces of Atlantic locations will be CLOSED.
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).