Sorry I missed the December update post, but I got really sick after our trip to New York and wasn’t able to get it posted before the holidays. I’ve also remembered to update the list of new location opening dates. This month there are plenty of new locations in the works to announce. But unfortunately, there are also a few locations that don’t look like they will actually pan happen now.
The public comment period for the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Costco in Hanford ended in November. So, at this point the city is working on their responses to those comments and hopes to have the final report to the Planning Commission at the end of this month and then on to the council by the beginning of February. The biggest opposition to the new Costco is from a nearby chemical company, Helena Chemical with their lawyer submitting 50 pages of comments. Their big concerns is how additional traffic may impact the heavy trucks entering and leaving the chemical company, they also question the safety of having a commercial development across from the chemical company. A preliminary layout for East Lacey Boulevard would curve the street to the north for about 800 feet and place it to the north of the Valero gas station east of Highway 43 and the intersection at Highway 43 would move about 400 to 500 feet to the north.
In November, the Perrysburg Planning Commission approved the preliminary site plans for the new Costco store and sent a recommendation to the city council to approve a special use permit that they would need to carry out the construction. The plan is to build a new 154,300 square foot warehouse with gas station with entrances off State Rt. 25 and two entrances and an exit on Eckel Junction Road. The store would be adjacent I-475/U.S. 23, near the northbound exit ramp to Route 25. Unfortunately, Costco has had to delay final reviews of its site plan as a result of an underground natural gas pipeline that runs through the site across the parking lot. Costco is currently in talks with Columbia Gas Transmissions as to what can be built over the pipeline. The gas company wants to make sure that they can easily maintain the pipeline as well as detect potential leaks; concrete is bad and light landscaping is needed. As a result, Costco would have fewer parking spots and would need to add more landscaping. The final site plan review will be no earlier than February at this point. Costco was hoping to open the Perrysburg location in Fall 2014 but the delay in getting this review completed, means that the opening date is likely to be pushed back as well.
- The Blade: Costco gets nod from Perrysburg
- OurTownPerrysburg.com: Costco asks for approval delays, working out underground gas line problem
- The Blade: No Costco plan reviews expected in January
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
If things go smoothly, Costco could be opening a new location in the Garden State Park shopping area. The site was formerly a horse racing track. The vacant 18 acre site is now planned to be a retail development, with shops, restaurants, and a bank; there’s already lots of shopping nearby. The 157,845 square foot proposed Costco location would require the development to change from an office complex to retail though and that would require a change by the township planning board.
Plans to build a new Costco store as part of the Century-Highfield development were approved by the Oshtemo Township Planning Commission in mid-December. The new 150,000 square foot store will be at the northwest corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road, and will also have a gas station. Costco would be a part of the new 16.29 acre site that is being developed as a lifestyle center called (tentatively, I think) The Corner@Drake. The new development will have retail and service businesses, and of course, the Costco. Aside from the Costco, none of the other businesses in the development have been named. If everything runs smoothly through the approval process, the new Costco could be open by November 2014.
A new retail development is being proposed for the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue in northwest Hillsborough county, with the anchor store as Costco. The proposed Costco would be a 155,000 square foot stand-alone warehouse towards the back of the development with other plots available for other retail development along Linebaugh Avenue. Unfortunately, the site will require rezoning, which can always be tricky and slow. So far the developer has not applied for rezoning or anything, but has conducted traffic studies to determine the impact on neighboring areas. The developer plans to apply for rezoning this month.
While progress is slow on the Ukiah Costco, it does seem to be moving forward, even if it is at a glacial pace. In December, the Ukiah city council approved an environmental report and zoning changes for the new 148,000-square-foot Costco warehouse store on Highway 101. The next big step in the process is approval of a Site Development Permit, which will go before the Ukiah Planning Commission in January. Unfortunately, no matter what approval they get, Costco cannot open until the city makes an estimated $4 million in highway interchange improvements to accommodate the additional traffic generated by shoppers and they have yet to secure the funding for those improvements. The Ukiah City Attorney, David Rapport, says that there are four ways that the city can obtain the funding, some of which include just closing on the property purchase with Costco. With all of the difficulties, the project is slowly moving forward and the goal is to have the new Costco location open by February or March 2015.
- The Press Democrat: Ukiah City Council signs off on Costco impact report
- Daily Journal News: City of Ukiah, Costco ‘working together’
Columbia, South Carolina
Looks like the first Columbia area store won’t be built in the Midlands. Costco wanted incentives from the Richland county council but that goes against county policy to give incentives to retailers. After several years of looking for a location in the Midlands, Costco finally found a suitable location at Piney Grove Road and Fernandina Road. Unfortunately, road improvement including turn lanes and road widenings on Piney Grove, Fernandina and Piney Woods roads sent the project $3 million over budget. So, the developer went to the council to try to get some tax incentives to cover the overage. While the developer didn’t ask for a specific amount they did advise the council of the budget amount that it was trying to cover. Now it seems that the inability to move the deal forward has dissolved into a lot of finger pointing between the council and the developer. All of the contracts have expired, and sadly, it looks like Costco will not be coming to this area and will need to start looking for other Columbia locations.
Mooresville, North Carolina
Costco has submitted plans for a new store in Mooresville off of I-77 at Langtree Road. Unfortunately, current zoning does not allow for a Costco-type store at the location. And apparently, the city is not interested in changing the zoning because it would mean that other stores like Home Depot could also move to the area and they don’t want all that big boxness. As far as I can tell there’s been no more movement on this issue. We shall just have to wait apparently, to see how it turns out.
Holiday Closures and Hours
- Costco Australia
- Australia Day: Sunday, January 26, 2014: all Costco Australia locations CLOSED.
- Costco Korea
- Lunar New Year:
- Thursday, January 30, 2014: all Costco Korea locations CLOSE at 7 pm.
- Friday, January 31, 2014: all Costco Korea locations CLOSED.
- Saturday, February 1, 2014: Costco Korea resumes normal business hours; except Ilsan which will be CLOSED.
- Sunday, February 2, 2014: Ilsan location resumes normal business hours.
- Lunar New Year: