It seems like there is a ton of information about new locations this month. I guess that all kinds of construction can get started because Spring is finally here. But really, the big news is Wisconsin where Costco will be opening three new stores this Fall; they bought sites for two new stores at the end of March.
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Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Costco has gotten their final permits from the Town Board to build a new location at 5441 W. Wisconsin Ave, near McCarthy Road and West Integrity Way. The new store plans are to build a 150,000 square foot warehouse and gas station. It looks like Costco will easily be able to make their construction start target of June 1 and that means that they should be right on track to open in October 2015.
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Costco has finalized the land purchase of a 15-acre site in Menomonee Falls at the White Stone Station redevelopment. Costco will anchor the redevelopment project on a former industrial site located west of the interchange of Highway 45 and Pilgrim Road. In addition to Costco and other retailers, the new development will also have 300 apartments. Costco should be able to begin construction on their new warehouse this Spring and target a Fall opening date.
New Berlin, Wisconsin
And in even more good news for Wisconsin, Costco also bought the site for their new location in New Berlin at the end of March. Costco purchased a 17.6 acre site at South Moorland Road and West Grange Avenue. Believe it or not, Costco tried to buy this exact same piece of land for a store in 2010 but that deal fell through, but they eventually got it anyway. The plan is to start construction this Spring with a Fall opening date.
Apex, North Carolina
After two years of working towards getting a new Costco built in Apex, the development company has finally been able to close the deal for the land. The 38-acre parcel, located on US 64 and Laura Duncan Road in Apex, west of the MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary and east of the Beaver Creek Commons, will provide 300,000 square foot of new retail and commercial space. Costco will be the anchor with a 149,500 square foot warehouse. The new development, Nichols Plaza, has already had construction plans approved, as well as a development agreement between city and the developer. The construction of the new Costco store should be starting soon. If the construction phase goes smoothly, it looks like the new store could be open by late Summer or early Fall; I’ve still got it listed as August as I feel that is still a realistic timeframe.
Costco filed an application with the Metro Department of Planning and Design Services to rezone a 19 acre site at 3408 Bardstown Road. This is the former home of Showcase Cinemas, which closed in 2004 and has been unused for all this time. But now Costco wants to make it something other than a parking lot by opening a 153,000 square foot warehouse and gas station. Costco’s development would take up 17.7 acres of the site, with the remaining 1.4 acres to be developed by an undisclosed future user. No word on when a decision about the rezoning is likely to happen though. I wouldn’t think there would be a lot of pushback on development of a site that has been derelict for a decade. Hopefully this will go smoothly, and quickly, and there will be a second Louisville Costco soon.
The new Costco locations in Mobile will be opening June 4, so a bit less than two more months to go. There’s also going to be a bit of an open house on June 3 at 6 pm that will allow local residents, and future members, to take a look around the new store. This new Costco is part of the McGowin Park retail center off I-65 near Hank Aaron Stadium. There are plenty of job openings for this new location, so if you’re interested you can go online and apply for positions at the Mobile store.
Costco has filed plans with Medford to build a new 155,548 square foot store off North Central Avenue between East McAndrews Road and Rossanley Drive, just west of Trader Joe’s in the Northgate Centre Marketplace. This new location would be a replacement for their older location on Highway 62 that was built in 1991, with the new store being bigger by about 19,000 square foot. Costco and the developer will have to clean up contamination on the property from a timber mill that was once located on the site. The deputy city manager said the expectation is that it will take about six months for Costco to get all of the necessary permits. So, the opening of this new store is probably a year away.
This sort of new Costco location opened two years ago, but there’s been an ongoing battle over the building of a 16-pump gas station. The nearby gas station owner was a big part in fighting the Costco gas station and it looks like he got what he wanted. The Montgomery County Board of Appeals denied Costco and while they can appeal this decision to the County Circuit Court, it is unclear whether they will or not. The fight over this gas station plan has been going on since 2010 and has become one of Montgomery County’s longest land use debates, generating 36 hearings and more than 9,500 pages of testimony transcript. Residents say that the gas fumes would have too great an impact on the community. I just think this is kind of weird since the area is a mall parking lot, which presumably already sees quite a lot of car exhaust. In any case, it looks like cheaper gas will not be coming to the people of Wheaton.
Well, after a delay of about a year in this project, it’s possible that the new Costco location in Branford is back on track. In February, Costco submitted a plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission seeking to build a 158,070 square foot main clubhouse facility on 23.43 acres, with a maximum building height of 40 feet in a Planned Development District on 44.7 acres near Exit 56. Just from this news article (cited below), I anticipate some opposition from residents that feel Costco doesn’t fit with their town. Public hearings should be sometime in April.
- Costco Australia:
- ANZAC Day, April 25, 2015: All locations CLOSED.