Lots of good news this month, especially for Oklahoma. That’s right, Oklahoma is finally getting their very first Costco! There are also five new locations opening in May, with the first one actually opening tomorrow (North Fort Worth). But the bigger opening news is probably the new location opening in Seville, Spain on May 15, which will be the very first Costco location in Spain and continental Europe. Exciting!
Locations opening in May:
|NORTH FORT WORTH, TEXAS||May 9, 2014|
|SEVILLE, SPAIN||May 15, 2014|
|NORTH LAKES, QLD, AUSTRALIA||May 29, 2014|
|CHEONAN, KOREA||May 31, 2014|
|IZUMI, JAPAN||June 1, 2014|
Hola España! The first Costco location in Spain will be opening its doors this month on May 15, 2014. I’m anxious to see how it does since this will be a totally new country, and culture, for Costco. If you live in or around Seville, you can find out more about Costco Spain through their website. You can even sign up for a new membership online before the store opens. If you sign up before they open you can take advantage of their pre-opening discounts on memberships too. Costco Spain will have two membership types, Gold Star (for individuals) and Business Membership. A Gold Star membership will be €30.00 per year plus tax and a Business membership will be €25.00 per year plus tax. From the website, I can’t really figure out if those are the discounted prices for membership or not though. The new store will be located at Ganymede Street # 9, 41015 Seville and will have regular opening hours from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I am so happy for the people of Oklahoma! They will finally get getting their very first Costco location. The new 148,000 square foot store will be located in Tulsa at the northwest corner of 103rd Street and Memorial Drive. While it won’t be opening next week or even by the end of the year, the plan is for the Tulsa location to be open by Summer 2015. While Oklahoma liquor laws do not permit Costco to sell alcohol within their stores, there will be a separate liquor store next to the Costco. The liquor store will be run by an independent third party. I’m sure this is similar to what they do in Texas, although in Texas Costco could sell wine in the store. The prices were still excellent and they always seemed to have a ton of business.
How exciting, huh? I have gotten so many emails about Costco coming to Oklahoma over the years, that I am thrilled for everyone who has been holding out hope for all this time. And even more happy for all of the super dedicated Costco shoppers that were driving to Texas and elsewhere to get their Costco shopping done.
- Tulsa World: Costco makes it official: South Tulsa location will open next year
- Tulsa World: Costco reveals plans for new Tulsa store
Riverhead, New York
Currently, Costco has this location listed as opening in June 2014, but with all of the issues they have been having lately, it’s looking a bit dicey. The Brixmor Property Group, the developer for the Shops at Riverhead where the new Costco is located, was recently hit with a stop work order for not complying with the approved plans. There have been lots of complaints from the residential neighborhood that backs onto the new Costco location about the cutting of a wooded area, the fencing, the amount of sand on the site, as well as the incorrect sizing and tree coverage on a berm that will be used to block the store’s light and noise from the neighborhood. The developers had installed a stockade fence and berm along the northern boundary with Foxwood Village that residents say doesn’t screen anything, including the sand blowing from the site. In addition, the developer of the site failed to plant 70 tress that were supposed to be along the berm for additional screening. So, to get the stop work order lifted, Brixmor has agreed to plant the additional trees, as well as replace any that have already died. They are also going to replace the wooden stockade style fencing with a six foot high chain link fence with privacy slats. The developer will also be spreading the sand around the site. Luckily, the stop order has been lifted by the city and it is still hoped that Costco will meet their opening day target of June 15, 2014.
- Riverhead News-Review: Costco developer: ‘Things will be different now’
- Riverhead Local: Costco stop-work order to be lifted by Riverhead Town
The new Costco location in Mishawaka on University Drive, near Target, has been granted approval by the city’s planning commission. The new 150,000 square foot warehouse will sit on a 19 acre plot and will have a gas station and a tire center. Construction should begin this month and Costco is hoping to have the new store open in October 2014!
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
There will be a new Costco coming to Mérida soon. The new location will be built north of the city on a site located next to Plaza Galerías Mérida. The four hectare site was the former location of a fabric factory that has already started to be dismantled. The new shopping development will have Costco as the anchor store with several small retailers and businesses completing the new area. A crew of 100 workers started dismantling the old buildings on the site in early April, so presumably they must be close to wrapping that up (if they haven’t already) and the building process can get started. So far I haven’t read anything that mentions an opening date, but I’m guessing this new location should be up by the end of the year at the latest.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Costco has been working on getting the new Waterloo location on Erb Street, across from the landfill, built for over a year now, I think. And as with so many new locations, planning approval has been painfully slow and inefficient. The newest wrinkle in the plans for the 150,000 square foot new store, as well as the additional 65,000 square foot of retail and commercial space in the same development, is that the City of Waterloo has approved the necessary zoning change but not really approved anything to be built. First, a major traffic study must be done, presented at an open house, and approved by the city. And then, any necessary improvements must be carried out fully before the new Costco and development can be built. An earlier traffic study had found average delays of six minutes from Erb Street West and Ira Needles Boulevard to the site could be experienced during peak times. Apparently, there is some work that is to be done on Erb right by the site of the new Costco to widen it to four lanes, as well as add roundabouts starting this year. However, the majority of the work to widen the rest of Erb Street to four lanes won’t be completed until 2018. So, it looks like Costco will not be opening the new Waterloo location in December 2014 as they had hoped, and might not actually be able to open it in the next couple of years if this keeps up. It seems like getting some development in an area that can’t be too pretty since it is right across from a landfill would be a good thing, especially since it will bring in so many jobs. But from what I’ve read there’s lots of planning and regulatory tussling in the Waterloo region that leads to glacially slow development.
- The Record.com: Waterloo approves Costco project, with one big provision
- Waterloo Chronicle: Finger pointing over Costco
- CBC News: Waterloo council approves Costco development, with new conditions
Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania
When I last posted about Lower Macungie Township there was a whole lot up in the area about the tax increment financing needed to move the project forward. Plus, the plan for the development hadn’t even been approved. But now at least some of that has changed. In early April planners unanimously recommended that township commissioners grant preliminary final approval of the Hamilton Crossings development, contingent on various conditions that include the acceptance of a request for several land development waivers and deferrals. So far there’s been no word on when the township commissioners will move forward with the approval process. The township commissioners, are also responsible for creating the TIF district that will be needed to allow the project to use the tax increment financing to defray the costs of the development. Tax increment financing will allow the developers to use 50% of property tax dollars generated by their project over 20 years for financing. The commissioners held a May 1 public hearing to discuss TIF issues and the board plans to vote on June 5 on whether or not to forgo an estimated $230,000 in tax income over the 20 year period to help finance the project.
- The Morning Call: Planners recommend approval of Costco development
- The Morning Call: East Penn keeps support for Costco tax financing
Costco has its eyes on a 10 acre plot in Medford where it plans to build a new store. The new store would be part of the Northgate Centre Marketplace that already includes retailing giants like REI and Petco, as well as a Trader Joe’s and a host of other retailers. The site for the new Costco would be between the existing shopping area, south of REI, and East McAndrews Road. Costco has not yet submitted any plans or anything, they have meet with city officials and surveyors have been to the site. Since this site hasn’t been made official yet, there’s been no word about whether this new location would replace their existing location on Crate Lake Highway (more than a mile away).
Santa Fe, New Mexico
It looks like Santa Fe might possibly be getting a new Costco location on the south side of town. This would be the first Costco location in Santa Fe. So far no plans, permit requests or applications have been filed, but Costco representatives have met with city officials. The new locations would be part of the Las Soleras development, located at the south end of Cerrillos Road and I-25. The site is already zoned for commercial and the site would accommodate a 150,000 square foot warehouse space. However, the scope of the project means that it would need to go before the planning board to make sure it meets other requirements, including the ability to handle an increase in traffic.
Van Buren Township, Michigan – Distribution Center
Well, it isn’t as exciting as opening a new store, but there will be a new Costco distribution center near Ann Arbor in Van Buren Township. Costco is hoping to get a 57.5-acre property at 5800 Belleville Road rezoned for general industrial use so that they can build a new distribution center there. This new distribution center would be located about 15 miles southwest of their store in Livonia, and about 15 miles east of the store on Airport Boulevard in Pittsfield Township. The article doesn’t say how many new jobs this would bring to the area, but I’m sure it must be pretty considerable since they have 150 – 200 employees at a regular store.
Upcoming Holiday Closures and Hours
- Costco US
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 26, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
- Costco UK
- Spring Bank Holiday: Monday, May 26, 2014 all locations open 10 am to 6 pm.
- Costco Canada
- Victoria Day: Monday, May 19, 2014 all locations CLOSED;
- Kingston location open.
- Province of Quebec locations open.
- Province of Nova Scotia locations open.
- Victoria Day: Monday, May 19, 2014 all locations CLOSED;