Yippee! It’s new location update time! This is a totally killer long post to write each month, but it is so interesting to read about all of the new locations. This month there is a lot of good news, including some for people in Iceland. I’ve gotten a lot of requests in the last few weeks to check out specific locations and I am trying to keep up with them all and find information. Sorry if the place you wanted to know about isn’t in here today, but I’ll keep looking and hoping that everyone gets the Costco they’ve been hoping for.
Locations opening soon:
|NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY||July 24, 2014|
|GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA||July 25, 2014|
Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania
Hallelujah! It looks like the Costco in Hamilton Crossings that has been in the planning stages for a long, long time is finally going to happen, along with a new Whole Foods. The hotly debated TIF (tax increment financing) was finally approved by commissioners in a 3-2 vote, and the plans for the new shopping area, including the Costco and Whole Foods, was approved unanimously following the TIF vote. Yippee! I’ve been writing about the back and forth on this new shopping area for what seems like forever, so I am glad to finally see some resolution in this process. The developers have said that construction on the new shopping center is likely to begin by the end of the year and will be completed by Summer 2016. The new Hamilton Crossings development, which is budgeted at $139 million, will be built on 63 acres along Krocks Road between Hamilton Boulevard and Route 222. The anchor stores will be Costco, Whole Foods, and Target.
Camillus, New York
Work is progressing on the new Township 5 development that will include a new 150,000 square foot Costco store. Construction on the foundations for the new Costco have been built and the rest of the work is on schedule. It looks like this new Costco location will be on target for an opening this fall. Township 5 is between Route 5, Bennett Road and Hinsdale Road.
It looks like Costco will definitely be coming to Lafayette opening in Fall 2015 most likely. The new Costco will be part of the Ambassador Town Center shopping area that will begin development in November 2014 with work taking a little less than a year to complete. In early July the Lafayette Industrial Development Board (IDB) approved a proposal that will grant tax breaks to the developers of the new shopping area. The development will be built on Ambassador Caffery Parkway between Kaliste Saloom Road and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, and will abut the Ambassador 10 movie theater on Kaliste Saloom Road. The new Costco will be part of a large development that will include other retail, restaurants, hotels, and housing. The developers will build up to $11.5 million in infrastrucure, such as roads and drainage, which will be dedicated back to the city of Lafayette. In exchange, the IDB voted unanimously to grant the developers a payment in lieu of taxes exemption. The IDB will take technical ownership so that the developers will not have to pay property taxes for up to 11 years and three months in exchange for building the infrastructure.
Construction on the new Costco location in Lynwood, near Seattle, started last week. The new 150,000-square-foot Costco, with a gas station, will be located at 3001 184th Street SW on the former site of Lynnwood High School , located north of Alderwood Mall. Costco will be the anchor store in the new Lynwood Place, a mixed use retail development.
New Berlin and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
It looks like the Milwaukee area will be getting another new Costco store. The new 156,000 Costco store will be located at 15300 W. Grange Avenue, on what is currently a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Grange Ave. and Moorland Road, south of I-43. Costco is hoping to start construction later this year with a target of opening by August 2015. Plans are to be reviewed this week by the Architectural Review Committee.\
Costco is also considering building a new location in Pleasant Prairie, in Kenosha county. This potential new location is still in the first baby steps of development, so it may not actually come to anything.
The new Costco in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s first location, got approval from the Planning Commission for rezoning of their proposed site at 103rd and Memorial. They are trying to get the new location open by late Fall 2015; I’m pretty sure that means November, right before Thanksgiving.
- Tulsa World: South Tulsa Costco plans get green light from Planning Commission (subscription required for full story)
- KJRH Tulsa: Costco plans approved by Tulsa Planning Commision; nearby resident weary of new store
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
There are plans to bring a new 155,500 square foot Costco store to Orillia, off University Avenue. The developers are looking to get a zoning bylaw amendment to allow for the new construction on 18 acres of their 100 acre plot near Lakehead University. The developers, Charter Construction and Mark Rich Home, have already complete a traffic impact study and a retail impact study as part of the application for rezoning the land. The retail impact study concluded there is sufficient market growth in the Orillia area to provide opportunities for both existing and future space in the market including the downtown. The traffic impact study review is ongoing. Since this is so, so early in the planning stages, there’s no word yet on an opening timeframe for the new Costco location.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Not surprisingly no one wants to wait five years to start building the proposed new Costco store in Waterloo. Well, except for the Waterloo city councillors. The Waterloo city council approved the Erb Street West Costco proposal in April but they had a few things they are requiring to be done first, like traffic studies and roadwork that must be complete before construction starts with some suggesting that it could take five years to get everything done. Those conditions and the provision that no construction could commence until all of the roadwork is completed are the basis for the developers appealing the decision. Since a traffic analysis was completed as part of the development application I’m confused as to why the city council feels that there needs to be additional traffic studies done. In any case, there’s some roadwork that is supposed to be done on various schedules by the city and region, but it won’t all be completed until 2018, as currently scheduled. The developer for the Costco project is trying to get a commitment that it will be carried out sooner.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
It looks like Saskatoon will be getting a second Costco location. Costco is in talks with the developer of Meadows Market, a retail zone in Rosewood, to build a new location there. The city council approved the plans for the 90-acre Meadows Market development, which could house 40 to 50 businesses. The Meadows is a development in Rosewood that will eventually have 2,800 single-family homes, bungalows and townhouses. It doesn’t seem like this is completely a done deal yet, but I’ll keep an eye on this for more definite information.
- The StarPhoenix: Costco in negotiations for Rosewood location
- The StarPhoenix: Gormley: The world according to Costco
Reykjavík and Garðabær, Iceland
Believe it or not, Costco is looking at putting two new stores in Iceland, both near Reykjavík. Honestly, if this were April I would have thought this piece of news was an April Fool’s joke. Costco is looking at two different sites: Kauptún in Garðabær and Korputorg, in northeast Reykjavík. While the city of Reykjavík is waiting for more details from Costco on their plans with regards to fueling stations, the City Council Planning Committee has approved the Korputorg location. The new stores would have “fueling stations”, which would provide drivers with gas, electricity and methane for different vehicles. How cool is that? Before Costco in Iceland is a reality though, they will need to get governmental approval since so many products that Costco would offer carry import restrictions in Iceland. And of course, there is an MP, Progressive parliamentary party chairperson Sigrún Magnúsdóttir, voicing dissent; it’s not a new Costco location without someone complaining. She seems to think that shoppers in Iceland shouldn’t be allowed to decide for themselves where and on what types of products they spend their money on, unfortunately. Her main gripe seems to be around imported meats with the thinking that they will somehow harm the health of Icelandic shoppers. Remarkably, Finnur Árnason, the director of Hagar, a retail company that owns, amongst other companies, the Icelandic grocery chain Bónus, doesn’t agree with her and thinks that shoppers should have choices and options. We went to Iceland a few years ago for a camping and hiking trip and absolutely loved it! We’ve been thinking about going back this summer but maybe I’ll delay until next year when hopefully Costco will be open for business.
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