November 2012 Locations Update

November 29th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying the start to the holiday season.  Unfortunately, it also means that it is getting colder and colder too!  Thankfully, I have my large supply of hot chocolate mix from Costco to get me warm and toasty.  In any case, I have some good news about new Costco locations for some of my readers, especially those in Texas.

Lubbock, Texas

It looks like Costco is coming to Lubbock.  In late October, they conducted a site review with the city.  The site review is a preliminary step to filing building permits for Costco.  While they have yet to file for building permits, Costco is looking at a vacant field at the intersection of 34th Street and West Loop 289 for this proposed new location.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any additional information, like an opening timeframe.  My best guess would be that they would open in mid to late 2013, but that is just a total guess at this point since they haven’t even gotten permits yet.

Sugar Land, Texas

While I can’t find anything in the news about the news about the new Costco location in Sugar Land, someone was nice enough to send me a link to the minutes of an August meeting of the Sugar Land development committee where Costco was on the agenda.  It seems that Costco plans to open their new Sugar Land location by mid-2013, they are aiming for opening sometime between April and May.  According to agreements with the city must have their certificate of occupancy no later than December 31, 2013.  I am amazed that I can’t seem to find anything about this in the newspapers but maybe Google is having an off day.  In any case, Sugar Land will be getting a new Costco location in 2013.

Syracuse, New York

Okay, don’t get too excited yet, because this is just total rumor and speculation but it is possible that Syracuse may be getting a Costco as part of the proposed Township 5 retail development in Camillus off of Route 5.  Naturally, there’s no official word from Costco yet and the developer of the project isn’t saying who the “large national retailer” is exactly, but the assumption is that it is Costco.  That guess is based on some information from the developer that the store will be 144,000 square foot and have a gas island.  The developer also says that this particular retailer does not yet have an outlet in upstate New York and will be a shopping destination.  So, it totally sounds like a Costco, doesn’t it?  Apparently, this project has been in the planning stages since 2007, but with the economy taking a nosedive, the project was put on hold.  Fortunately, it looks like it is gaining new traction now and hopefully there really will be a Costco coming to Syracuse.

Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania

It seems that everyone loves this project – the city, the residents, even an environmental group (Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie) are supportive of the project.  However, without financing help the $115 million Hamilton Crossing project won’t get any further.  The developers are looking for tax increment financing to help fund the project that they are hoping to start building out in mid-2013.  To that end the developers are asking the township, East Penn School District, and Lehigh County to let them use future tax proceeds from the development to help pay for it.  If the TIF plan is approved, a portion of the tax revenue decided by the government,  would go toward paying the bonds used to fund the development.  The developers are looking for some compromises on variants that regulate things like parking, landscaping, fence height, loading areas and the percentages of building and impervious surface allowed.  At this point, the developers are waiting for the variances, as well as word about the TIF plan.  At this point, it seems like progress is a bit slow, but hopefully things will get moving and by early 2014 there will be a new Costco here.

 Quebec, Canada

Mais oui!  Costco is taking the French language law in Quebec to court.   Costco and five other US companies are filing a lawsuit against the government of Quebec which is trying to force them to operate their stores in that province in French.  The French language law in Quebec has actually been around since 1977 but hasn’t been enforced until now.  There are now threats of fines against several retailers, so some of them have decided to take the issue to court.  Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, Guess, and Gap are all taking part in a suit against the Quebec government over the policy change and it will be up to the Quebec Superior Court to decide on the legality of it all.  I’m just guessing they’re going to side with the French language requirements.

Seoul, Korea

A few months ago (September 2012 update) I wrote about the issues between local government ordinances in Seoul and Costco.  The government was requiring certain stores to remain closed on the second and fourth Sunday of each month; this is done to revitalize South Korea’s traditional markets as well as mom-and-pop stores..  Some stores, not including Costco, took the issue to court and the Seoul Administrative Court ruled in June that the business-hour restrictions by municipalities were illegal.   As a result the local municipalities had to suspend the implementation of the ban.  However, since Costco wasn’t a party to the legal action, the ruling doesn’t apply to them.  Strange, but true.  For a while Costco was trying to defy the ruling but the local governments were fining them and threatening other action as well.  But now, courts in Gwangju, Jeonju, and Daegu dismissed requests from superstores and supermarkets to have the restrictions lifted.  So, now superstores, like Costco, are back to being forced to comply with this ordinance around the country.  The outcome of all of this legal back and forth is that Costco stores in Yangpyung and Daegu will be closed on the second and fourth Sunday in each month.  I wonder if closing the big stores will actually help the smaller retailers at all?

Holiday Closures and Hours

  • Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24:
    • All US, Canada, Australia stores open 9 am to 5 pm;
    • All UK stores open 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25:
    • All US, Canada, Australia, and UK stores CLOSED.
  • Boxing Day: Wednesday, December 26:
    • All UK stores CLOSED;
    • Australian stores in Canberra and Melbourne (Docklands) open 9 am to 6 pm; store in Sydney CLOSED;
    • All Canada stores open 10 am to 6 pm; except Province of Quebec stores which are open 1 pm to 6 pm; Atlantic Provinces and
      Sudbury stores CLOSED.
  • New Year’s Eve: Monday, December 31:
    • All US stores open 9 am to 6 pm
    • All Canada and Australia stores open 9 am to 5 pm;
    • All UK stores open 9 am to 4 pm.
    • All Japan stores open 10 am to 6 pm.
  • New Year’s Day: Tuesday, January 1, 2013:
    • All US, Canada, Australia, UK and Korea stores CLOSED.
    • All Japan stores open 10 am to 6 pm.
  • January 2:
    • All Scottish stores CLOSED; all stores in England and Wales are open as normal.

That’s a complicated bunch of opening and closing times, but hopefully it is clear to everyone when the stores near them are operating over the holidays.  I’m not sure what the holiday hours or closures are for Mexico or Taiwan because they aren’t listed on their websites.

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6 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 oldbiddy // 2013.01.19 at 9:09 pm

    I’d love it if Costco came to Syracuse! We’ve got BJ’s and Sam’s Club here but I’m a Californian and I really miss Costco!

  2. 2 Corey // 2012.12.09 at 11:07 pm

    For Boxing Day in Australia, only the Auburn warehouse in Sydney is closed. Docklands in Melbourne and Cannberra are both open.

    • 3 Kimberly // 2012.12.10 at 2:17 am

      @Corey – I swear I did actually check that on their website while I was writing this post! Oh well, thanks for the correction!

  3. 4 Nick // 2012.11.29 at 10:54 am

    New Washington DC location opened up today.

  4. 6 Chicov1 // 2012.11.29 at 8:14 am

    What about Riverhead Long Island? It has been announced in the local newspaper but you guys have not yet. The town gave its final approval and you have not. Why?

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