It’s new location update time! I’ve gotten a number 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. I had a bunch of people write me about Ukiah, California and unfortunately, I don’t have an update on when they will break ground or how the project is progressing.
Locations opening soon:
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Well, this looked so positive at first, but sadly the plan for Costco to open in Jackson seems to have gone bust. Costco had really wanted to move to a location on Lakeland Drive where the Smith-Wills Stadium is currently located but that is not to be it seems. The planning board for Jackson was going to need to rezone the area for commercial use before Costco could move there. Unfortunately, the stadium and surrounding area are only allowed by state law to be used for parks and recreation. So, it probably wasn’t a huge surprise that the board voted against the rezoning at their August 27 meeting. The mayor, Tony Yarber, is determined to figure out a way to bring Costco to Jackson, and in particular the site near the stadium. Costco has looked at two other nearby sites in Flowood but they are in Rankin county which is dry, so that creates an issue for Costco and makes those sites far less attractive. No word yet (that I’ve seen) on what the next steps are from the mayor. Though he might have some latitude with another vote since only ten of the 15 board members were present for the vote and one of them abstained in the 6-3 vote against rezoning. However, it seems so unlikely that this site is going to work out and Costco will need to find another property within Jackson city limits or move on to another area completely and leave Jackson Costco-less and without the benefits of added jobs and tax revenue that they will bring.
- The Clarion-Ledger: Costco considering sites for Jackson metro store
- Jackson Free Press: Updated: Yarber Responds to Failed Costco Rezoning Vote
- Jackson Free Press: Lakeland Costco Site Non-Negotiable
Rochester, New York
Costco is coming to the new CityGate development in Rochester that will be anchored by Costco, but also contain a hotel, other retailers, office space, and an apartment complex. The project has hit a couple of weird things in the construction process so far, like a network of tunnels under the site that were on top of very old foundations that were not known about, and that added around $4 million to the construction costs, but the project continues to move forward and the developers have renegotiated their tax benefits with the Monroe County development board. The developers should have closed with Costco by now too. And remarkably, construction of the new Costco is expected to take just 90 days to complete. That means Costco could be open in Rochester by the end of the year.
New Britain, Connecticut
After Costco indicated that they were willing to skip building in New Britain if they didn’t get some tax consideration, the council voted 12-3 in favor of a seven-year phase-in of taxes for the Costco proposed for land alongside the Stanley Golf Course, amounting to $2.1 in tax abatement for Costco. It turns out that the prospect of jobs, tax revenue, and the potential for more commercial growth spurred the council to make the decision in Costco’s favor. Costco has been trying to get a new location built in New Britain since 2011, so it is great that this finally seems to be back on track. To kick things off there was a big groundbreaking ceremony last week for the new Costco which should be open in Fall 2015.
- Hartford Courant: New Britain OKs Tax Breaks For Costco
- Hartford Courant: Ground Broken On New Britain Costco; Fall ’15 Opening Projected
Jerome’s new Dublin Green shopping center could end up being anchored by a new Costco store. The developers have a tentative agreement with Costco, but the agreement hasn’t been finalized so something could prevent it still, but hopefully not. The new 154,000 square foot store will be a major part of the 300,000 square foot shopping area of which the developer has already signed letters of intent to fill 80 per cent. Costco will present its plans for the new store at the township’s zoning commission meeting on September 22. Since there is no rezoning needed, this approval shouldn’t be hard to achieve. If all goes smoothly construction on the new shopping center and Costco could start in Spring 2015 which could mean that the new Costco location should be open by November 2015.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Victoria will be getting their fourth Costco location next year when Costco opens a new store at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne (despite the title for the article this is actually the fourth approved location in Victoria). Costco had to get approval from the Kingston Council, which was granted recently. But they also had to get federal approval since the airport is located on federal lands. That final approval was given recently by Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss. The new Moorabbin Airport location will include a tyre centre, optometrist, and a petrol station.
If you’re wondering the third Victoria location is in Epping which was approved by the council there late 2013, though the one at Moorabbin Airport could be finished first it seems since I haven’t heard anything more about progress on the Epping store.