April 2014 Locations Update

April 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Costco North Lakes, QLD, Australia on target to open in May

Costco North Lakes, QLD, Australia on target to open in May

Lots of good news this month, and a lot of updates that are really just speculation and rumours.  But at least there’s some news.  There are three new locations opening this month (listed below).  Also, don’t forget that Easter is coming up and that means adjusted hours or closures for locations in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, probably Mexico too but I can’t confirm that.  Some Costco Korea locations will be adjusting their hours this month due to district mandates; I’ve listed the affected locations towards at the bottom of the post.

Locations opening in April:

HITACHINAKA, JAPAN April 10, 2014
EUIJEONGBU, KOREA April 12, 2014
BATON ROUGE, LA April 25, 2014

 

Cumming, Georgia

It is anticipated that the new Costco location in Cumming will be opening in August 2014.  Costco has finalized the land deal and re-started construction at the site.  The early prep work for the site had begun in May 2013 but all of that came to a halt when the land negotiations stalled.  The new 148,000 square foot location, off of Georgia 400 at Exit 15, will include a gas station which will be located near Bald Ridge Marina Road.  All of the utility and sewer changes have already been completed by the city, so the project should be able to move ahead without any further delays.

The Woodlands, Texas

The new 150,000 square foot Costco location at the northeast corner on Texas 242 and Interstate 45 in The Woodlands looks like it is moving forward with an opening date targeted for November 2014.  To entice Costco, the Township Board of Directors agreed to grant the company $2.3 million plus interest to be funded with sales tax receipts created by the business.

Sunbury-on-Thames, England, United Kingdom

The new Costco location at The Sunbury Centre has been approved!  The new store will be 140,000 square foot/13,006 square metres with a parking structure and tyre centre located beneath the store, as well as the usual store things like a bakery and food court.  You can view all of the fun planning documents on the Spelthorne Borough Council planning site.  Now that planning has gone through, I am sure they will be able to open by the end of the year.

Perrysburg, Ohio

Costco had proposed building a new 154,300 square foot warehouse with a 16 pump gas station near the southeast corner of State Route 25 and Eckel Junction Road.  And while there were some concerns about traffic congestion (like there always are with a big store like Costco) and some residents have reacted quite negatively to the location.  But, despite that, the Perrysburg planners have approved the project.  The next big issue for Costco is to reach an agreement with Columbia Gas Transmissions to reroute a natural gas pipeline; they are apparently close to a deal.  Even after that agreement is reached, though, they will still need the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the plan and that could take up to a year, or even a year and a half.  The city will also begin their project to widen the road to five lanes to the intersection, and lengthening the existing lanes at the junction of Route 25 and Eckel Junction to ease some of the traffic congestion that might accompany the new location.  Costco is hoping to open the new location by Fall 2015.

Florence, Kentucky

Costco will be one of the anchor tenants in the Florence Heights retail development on Mall Road in Florence.  It is expected that Costco will be submitting plans for the site in the next month or two.  The developers are in the final stages of acquiring the land but the Florence council has already approved infrastructure changes to accommodate the development.  The other anchor tenant will be a Menards and they are also hoping to bring in a Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop.  Construction is expected to begin this summer, with a targeted completion date of early to mid-2015

Auburn, California

Costco is hoping to build a new 148,000 square foot warehouse in Auburn near Willow Creek Drive and First Street.  However, this depends on them being able to lease land from the county at the location.  The county has proposed a lease deal with Costco that will have them paying $325,000 for the first decade with a 10-percent increase after that, with a total lease term of 20 years with three options to extend it by 10 years.  Costco also would need to contribute $530,000 toward a new home for the county’s senior center, which is currently on land Costco would occupy.  As well as working out the lease agreement, Costco still needs to do the regular planning stuff, including an environmental impact report, and those can take over a year in themselves.  The other issue is with the demolish of the old DeWitt Theatre in Auburn that sits where Costco is planning their parking lot.  Some residents are against this, of course, but the county supervisors board has agreed to move forward with the demolish plans.  Supporters of keeping the theatre are hoping that before the demolish occurs they can reach a compromise and save the theatre during the planning stages.

Torrance, California

Costco currently leases their store in Torrance, but now they are looking to build a bigger store after purchasing a 23 acre plot of land on Lomita Boulevard, near to its existing location.  The new location would be 161, 500 square foot with a gas station, car wash, and parking spaces for 874 vehicles.  The new location will be about 13,500 square foot bigger than the existing location and have more than 100 extra parking spaces.   No word on how quickly the new location will be under construction or when it might open.

Wichita, Kansas

There is nothing like official plans submitted or a land deal to report on the possible location in Wichita, however, engineers have been inquiring about local building codes for the Costco gas station, it seems.  An engineering firm from Washington state contacted city planners to determine in a restroom would be required for a gas station with a nearby retail store on a site at Kellogg and Webb; no actual mention of Costco though.  So, this is really just speculation but possibly a good sign.  Previously the CEO of Beechcraft claimed that their former pistons plant at the corner of Kellogg and Webb would become a new Costco location.  So, hopefully, we will hear something more concrete about this possible location in the near future.

Corpus Christi, Texas

There’s lots of building going on in Corpus Christi, and soon that may include a Costco location.  It seems that Costco has agreed to purchase land on the south side of the city.  This is still far from a done deal and it is hard to tell what is going on exactly since no formal plans have been submitted to the city.  Since it pretty much always takes a while for planning, not to mention the actual construction,  I’m guessing it is still at least a year before Costco will be opening its doors here.

Appleton, Wisconsin

There’s a bit of evidence that a new Costco location may be moving to the Marketplace at 2700 W. College Avenue in Appleton.  Currently, the retail development there, the Marketplace, houses a Big Lots, Office Depot, and other retailers but lots of vacancies.  However, it seems that some of those retailers may be moving to make room for a Costco location.  The Big Lots spokeswoman has said that they have been asked to relocate as a result of Costco moving to the space.

Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania

Lower Macungie Township commissioners plan to vote June 5 to decide the fate of a tax increment financing district for a proposed Costco-anchored shopping center and determine whether tax dollars generated by the project should be used to finance it.  The commissioners will hold a public meeting May 1 to discuss the proposal and allow the public to comment on it.  Lehigh County commissioners have voted to reject the TIF for the project; but it is possible that Lehigh County need not participate for the project to go through.  The TIF plan is not dependent on approval of all three government agencies with a stake in it — the township, county and East Penn School Board, but only the township can create the TIF district so they must be on board.  The school board has already agreed to the plan.

Costco Korea

Due to district requirements, opening hours will be changing this month for three Costco Korea locations: Yangpyung, Sangbong, and Daejeon.  Starting April 1, 2014 the Yangpyung and Sangbong locations will be operating from 10 am to 10 pm.  Beginning April 14, 2014, the Daejeon location will also change their hours to 10 am to 10 pm.

 

Upcoming Holiday Closures and Hours

  • Costco US
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco UK
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco Canada
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 18, 2014 all locations CLOSED;
      • Exceptions:
      • Quebec locations open 9 am to 8.30 pm;
      • British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan locations open 10 am to 5 pm.
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco Australia
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 18, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
    • Easter Saturday: Saturday, April 19, 2014 all locations open 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
    • Easter Monday: Monday, April 21, 2014 all locations open 9 am to 6 pm.

I have a feeling that Costco Mexico will be closing for Easter as well, and possibly have altered hours for the days surrounding it, however, I can’t confirm that through their website.  I would encourage you to check their hours and closures during this period so you aren’t disappointed.

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  1. 1 Allison Louise Turner // 2014.04.01 at 6:36 am

    The “district requirements” in Korea are the result of political power plays by small stores and chains against larger stores, like Costco, Homeplus, E-Mart, and Lotte Mart to limit store growth, days open, and hours open. Many consumers don’t like the limits but the older Koreans, who are the ones who vote in higher numbers, hold a great deal of political and economic power.
    The ironic thing is that many smaller Korean stores, shops, and restaurants do their shopping at Costco and resell items at a premium. In other words, they want Costco to be open for them but not for Korean consumers.
    I usually do my Costco shopping on Saturday mornings so this change will inconvenience me.

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