Compared to June, July is light on new openings with just one. However, it picks up again in August when there will be seven new openings to close out Costco’s fiscal year. I don’t have a huge amount of news this month, I don’t know if I missed out on a bunch of news at the end of June but I think it might just be that the news isn’t there to find. I’ve been trying to do a number of searches for places people have been asking me about but have turned up practically nothing but I’ll keep searching.
|CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA||July 30, 2015|
The new Charlottesville location will be opening in just a couple of weeks on July 30th. If you’re not already a Costco member but live around this new location, you can sign up at their temporary location in Seminole Square across from the new location. You can watch a video of a recent CBS 19 news report about the new location, or you can just read it in the article instead.
Columbia, South Carolina
So practically the day after I posted that the deal for a new Costco in Columbia was totally dead….it was resurrected. The site is the same one at Piney Grove and Fernandina roads, near Harbison, but this time they have apparently decided to forego financing or tax incentive help from the county. Costco has started working with Richland County’s planning department to get the necessary permits. There are no details on the store yet, but it looks like it is likely to open in Fall 2016.
It looks like Denver will be getting a new Costco, but not a regular store, a Business Center. Costco is in the very early stages of talks with the city to take over the site of the former Lowe’s location in the Alameda Square Shopping Center, on West Alameda Avenue near South Federal Boulevard. Costco has just ten Business Center warehouses across the US. Costco Business Centers are really geared more towards businesses than the normal warehouses that we are all used to shopping at. They sell a lot more office supplies and their food selection is geared towards business that resell so the types of products and sizes are different. You can still shop at the Business Center with a regular membership, but you are definitely not the target market. If you are a business, they will also offer delivery, which is really great if you are managing a small to medium office. It sounds like this will really help the area which was only recently redeveloped in 2010 after being declared a blighted area in 1991. Unfortunately, the redevelopment didn’t prove so great for the Lowe’s which was only open for 18 months in this spot. Since a Costco Business Center doesn’t depend on the same type of customers it might prove a much better fit for the area. If all goes smoothly this new Business Center location could be open later this year.
The city of Humble has approved the development plat for the Townsen Landing Village, where a new Costco location will be an anchor store. This approval means that construction can actually begin on the site. As part of the 18.9 acre site on Townsen Boulevard there will be 742,562 square foot developed for commercial purposes, including the new Costco store. No other tenants have been named at this point. I’ve currently listed this location as possibly opening in Spring 2016 but as more details are released I suspect that might slip to Summer or even Fall 2016.
So there is finally some positive movement on the second Costco location in the Louisville area. At the end of June, notice was filed for rezoning to develop the store at 3408 Bardstown Road where Showcase Cinemas was previously located. The theatre closed in 2004 and was demolished in 2010 and the site has sat empty since. The reason for the rezoning filing is because a piece of the site is currently zoned incorrectly as residential, even though most of the site is zone for commercial use. There will need to be a public hearing after which the Metro Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Louisville Metro Council which has the final say over the rezoning of the site. The new Costco will be 150,000 square foot and have all of the usual components, like a tire center and liquor sales, plus a gas station. Unfortunately, there is no indication how long the rezoning process will take, so I’m guessing this location won’t be open until late 2016, as long as everything goes smoothly.
Albany, New York
Apparently, even though Costco has decided to not be a part of the new shopping center in Colonie, they are still interested in having a store in the Albany area. Costco decided that the traffic issues at the new shopping center were enough to make them move on from the project. They are still looking for a site in the area but it isn’t that easy to find the ideal site for their very big stores and very big parking lots near major thoroughfares where they won’t have severe traffic issues to deal with or remedy.
It looks like the Ottawa Costco location at Cyrville and Innes will be relocating to a new store that is bigger and it will also have a bigger parking lot. From the sound of things this is desperately needed, especially the bigger parking lot. I mean, when you need a traffic cop to keep things sane in the parking lot that suggests a need for more space. Of course Costco has not commented or confirmed the move, but it is believed that they will be relocating to the former Shoppers City East Plaza at Blair and Ogilvie roads. From the article it seems that the current store at Cyrville and Innes is just 100,000 square foot, which is minuscule for a Costco, but the speculation is that the new one would be 150,000 square foot. There could be a problem with this move though, because apparently the city would prefer office and condo towers there instead to better take advantage of the light rail line they are building presently. There’s also a rumour that a new Costco could be built at Fallowfield Road and Highway 416 in Barrhaven (this piece of property is owned by the same group that owns the Shoppers City East Plaza). So this seems like it is all just speculation at this point based on the need for a bigger Costco but hopefully it will prove to be true, especially if that Costco is really that small.