There are a lot of new locations opening this month. I’ve already posted all of the address information for these a week or so ago, but I’m listing the dates here too.
|WICHITA, KANSAS||June 3, 2015|
|MOBILE, ALABAMA||June 4, 2015|
|ROCHESTER, NEW YORK||June 5, 2015|
|PERRYSBURG, OHIO||June 11, 2015|
|PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN||June 12, 2015|
|SALTILLO, COAHUILA, MEXICO||June 25, 2015|
Newly Opened Locations
Three out of the six new locations opened last week, and there are two more opening at the end of this week. There seems to be lots of excitement for the new stores, as there usually are, but many of these are getting even warmer receptions because there are no Costco locations anywhere nearby. Wichita, Mobile, and Rochester are all in areas where shoppers were totally without a Costco unless they wanted to drive for several hours. So, it’s nice to see these locations finally open. I’ve got some links about each of those three locations on their opening days if you’re interested (the link for Rochester is a bit too brief though).
- The Wichita Eagle: Costco welcomes shoppers to its new Wichita store (VIDEO)
- Alabama.com: ‘W-H-O-L-E. Wholesale’: Excited shoppers react to Mobile’s first Costco opening its doors
- TWC News: Costco Opens in Rochester, Chain’s First Store in Western New York
This will be the second store in the Toledo area and while it has taken a couple of years to get to this point, the new Perrysburg location will be opening this Thursday. Woot! The 154,000 square foot store is ready to go and has even added in a few new features that you don’t usually find at other Costco locations. In a first, the gas station will sell diesel fuel as well; this is something that other locations will be updating to as well. Another big change, that probably a lot of people will be happy about, is that there will be no self-checkout lanes. It turns out at Costco those actually slow things down and customers prefer an actual person do the checking out. There are a few other little tweaks to the regular Costco store based on Costco perfecting the shopping experience based on feedback and observations. So, don’t forget to check out the new store when they open their doors at 8 am on Thursday, June 11.
Boston Heights, Ohio
More good news for Ohio, it looks like Boston Heights will be getting a new Costco location too. The new 154,000 square foot Costco will be part of the Marketplace of Boston Heights development. This new development is on the former site of the Boston Heights Country Club near the interchange connecting Interstate 271, the Ohio Turnpike and Ohio 8 freeways. This is a HUGE development overall because there will be more than 1 million square foot of retail and entertainment space when it is completed, including a Bass Pro Shop as the other anchor retailer. Costco was already granted all of the necessary permits for this new location in early May, so that’s one big hurdle down. Construction has yet to start but the development is planned to be open in 2016.
Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania
The suit brought against the new Hamilton Crossing development that will contain the new Costco location has been dismissed by Lehigh County Judge Michele A. Varricchio. The suit was brought by nearby existing shopping centers that claimed there was a lot wrong with the legality of how the tax financing agreement was handled and set up. They also said it would give the stores in Hamilton Crossing an unfair advantage. This is good news for the development that started construction last month and hopes to be open by July 2016.
Costco submitted plans for their new 158,000 square foot location in Branford a couple of months ago, but it is still being debated by the Planning and Zoning Commission. At this point, public hearings on the plans have come to an end and the commission plans on issuing its decision this month, though they did not make a decision at their meeting last week. The next meeting is scheduled for June 18, but there’s no indication if they will be able to come to a decision then either as there seems to be conflicting philosophies by the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
- New Haven Register: Costco project nears final decision in Branford
- New Haven Register: Branford Planning & Zoning Commission makes no decision on Costco plan
Columbia, South Carolina
I know that Costco had been working on purchasing a site on Piney Grove Road to build a new location, but that deal has fallen through, unfortunately. The site would have required a lot work to make it appropriate for the building, not to mention several improvements of the nearby roads would have been necessary for good traffic flow. All of those changes drove the project about $3 million over the budget, so the developer went to Richland County Council to see if they could offer any incentives to alleviate the cost overruns. It seems the county wasn’t able to offer enough to offset these costs. The developer and the council members were definitely not on the same page throughout this discussion though it seems, so it is hard to tell why exactly this has fallen through (finger pointing from both sides). Obviously, Costco hasn’t commented on any of this, but they could possibly look at other sites around Columbia.
Costco had been hoping to open a newer, larger location in Medford at the Northgate Centre Marketplace but the city planners raised concerns about traffic issues. The shopping center contains both a Trader Joe’s and an REI, so the addition of a Costco could create total traffic chaos, at least that is the worry. Planned entrances to the Costco parking lot would be from North Central Avenue, East McAndrews Road, Rossanley Drive and Court Street. An existing roundabout that routes traffic to Trader Joe’s and other stores would also be used by motorists heading to Costco. The new store is planned to be about 20,000 square foot bigger than the existing location and that would make a really big difference in how nice the store feels when you’re shopping. However, after planners and residents raised concerns it looks like Costco has decided to take a step back and reevaluate the situation and look at other sites for the relocation of their location in Medford. Costco won’t say if all of the new sites that they are considering are located in Medford though, so the relocation might take the store outside of Medford, though they haven’t completely given up on the Northgate Centre location at this point. Here’s a funny little quirk of rigid planning codes: the city building code requires Costco to have 73 bike stalls as a result of the size of the building. Obviously, Costco are planning on asking for a reduction in that number to 20 since most members don’t bike to Costco. It’s a funny to imagine someone trying to bike home after a shopping trip to Costco, isn’t it? In any case, this site seems to be on hold until Costco decides if this is the right site for them and how they will address the traffic concerns.
- Mail Tribune: Medford planners raise concerns about traffic at proposed new Costco
- Mail Tribune: Costco tables plans for new store near Trader Joe’s
There’s a bit of slow going in Napa for the new Costco and Napa Pipe development, mostly around the negotiations for getting water to the site apparently. The plan was to bring water from the city of Napa to the development, even though it is on an unincorporated parcel of land, with the long term plan for the area to be incorporated by the city of Napa. But the development is still waiting to get agreement from the city of Napa to provide water, so it might be time to start looking for an alternative water source. Should the issue not be settled by June 30, the county “will pursue other water sources for the property.” Possibilities include using groundwater or seeking water from American Canyon. This is on the agenda for a Napa County Supervisors meeting today so that they can discuss the next steps. Using groundwater for Napa Pipe rather than city water is possible as Napa Pipe has productive artesian conditions, according to consultant Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, she gave supervisors an update on county water conditions in March. However, using groundwater for anything other than agricultural uses has proven fraught with controversy in the past. As there is a lot of housing that is supposed to be part of the Napa Pipe development, it seems that using anything other than city water could create other problems for feasibility of the development.
Well, I am glad to see this news. Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Jeanine Nadel denied a lawsuit’s claims that the Ukiah Costco project’s Environmental Impact Report was inadequate. This was a suit brought on behalf of two FoodMaxx employees who said that the EIR shouldn’t have been certified for a number of reasons. Who would think if you had this much knowledge about environmental impact that you would be working at a grocery store? I think this is the second lawsuit from these two employees but an earlier one was dropped last year. I also wonder where they got the money for this kind of long running litigation (my cynical self would have to guess from FoodMaxx). This is hopefully the last bit of litigation over this new Costco location, but of course, you can never tell. Originally Costco was hoping to start building this location last year (!). Hopefully they’ll be able to get on with it now and this new location will be open sometime in 2016.
Kaminoyama, Yamagata, Japan
The new Costco being built in Kaminoyama won’t be open until August 21, however, their gas station will be opening in just a couple of weeks on June 21, 2015. I’ve never seen a Costco gas station open before the actual store, but it’s good for everyone that lives in the area and wants to save on fuel. The new gas station will be open 7 am to 8 pm every day of the year; it will open at 9 am on June 21 though. The new gas station will sell gasoline, diesel and kerosene. To purchase fuel you will need a Costco membership card and a credit card (American Express or Co-branded Orico MasterCard only), or a Costco prepaid card will be required.
- Costco Canada:
- Quebec’s National Holiday, June 24, 2015, all locations OPEN.
- Exceptions: Province of Quebec locations CLOSED.
- Canada Day, July 1, 2015, all locations CLOSED.
- Quebec’s National Holiday, June 24, 2015, all locations OPEN.
- Costco US:
- Independence Day, July 4, 2015, all locations CLOSED.