There’s a lot of news going on this month. I’m sure that is because I delayed getting this posted – that’ll teach me! I’m probably not going to wait until the middle of October to do the next update either. It looks like some locations that were stalled have started making forward progress again, which is always good. There was only one opening in September, on the 12th which clearly already happened, in Woodland Hills, California. October and November look like they should be busy months for new openings though, with at least 12 new locations opening in that period. I’ve updated the list of openings on the Locations page, however, I still have a slew of locations I’ve been tracking that at one point looked like they might be opening this year, though now that looks highly suspect. I’m going to try to find out information on these locations so that I can move everything around appropriately in the next few weeks. If you’ve got any info on any of these locations, I’d love to hear it.
If you missed it, guest poster Rick Vanover did a very detailed post about the situation in Ridgeland with the Costco that is proposed for Phase 3 of the Renaissance development. There has been much discussion and argument about the actual location of the new Costco, so Rick’s post does a good job of laying out the whole situation and the view from all sides involved.
The new location in Pearland at the northwest corner of Highway 288 and County Road 59 will have their grand opening on November 12 at 8 am. The night before, there will be a special event from 6 to 8 pm where you can check out the store and the products available, though you won’t be able to buy anything. If you’re not yet a member, you can now sign up at the temporary office at Pearland Town Center next to Game Stop in Suite 1440.
Columbia, South Carolina
Good news, Costco has cleared one hurdle by getting construction approval from Richland County for their new store near Harbison. The state Department of Transportation will still need to grant approval for the road improvements needed. The new store will be located at Piney Grove and Fernandina roads. The DOT has been working closely with Costco’s team to move the approval process along with on-going input and suggested changes, but there are still some issues to work out and it isn’t certain when final approval for necessary works will be given. However, since DOT have been basically approving everything as they work with Costco, there shouldn’t be any last minute blocks to approval.
The county and the city have been going back and forth over agreements on the Napa Pipe development, which includes a new Costco location. Finally, after more than nine months, Napa County Supervisors approved five agreements with the city without further issues. The five agreements cover exactly how the city of Napa is to provide water, police and other services to Napa Pipe and annex the land in phases, while the county gets credit for its state-mandated housing requirements. Costco tax money is the big factor that helps the project make financial sense for local governments. You can read the article below for details about all of the tax agreements that dictate how the revenue will be split between the county and city. Going forward, the city and county will both oversee the Napa Pipe project. The September 22 meeting of the county Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the agency overseeing Napa County annexations, will prove to be the next big milestone for the project. This meeting is a key because it will set up the project to be supplied with municipal services, including water which has been a big issue with the project. Before Costco, or anyone else, can start building though, the groundworks and things like access roads and other infrastructure items must be taken care of, and that could take all of 2016. In light of that little piece of information, it seems like Costco won’t be open until Spring 2017.
It seems that Costco is interested in opening a second location in Henderson. Costco filed plans with the city of Henderson for a new 150,000 square foot location in the southwest of the city near Interstate 15, east of St. Rose Parkway, on a piece of vacant land. The store will also have a gas station with 10 pumps. Approval for the gas station will require a public hearing and approval by the Henderson Planning Commission. The Planning Commission could hear the case as early as October but if they have questions or require changes, this could push that schedule back. If things go smoothly, I think the store could be open in Summer 2016, but so far no opening target date has been mentioned.
The Louisville Metro Council voted to grant permission for the necessary zoning changes needed by Costco to build a new location on Bardstown Road. The site was formerly Showcase Cinema but that has been closed for years and years. Only part of the site needed to be rezoned to C-2 Commercial (heavy use commercial) zoning, as the majority of the site was already zoned appropriately for Costco. The new 150,000 square foot store will also have a gas station, tire center, and liquor store, as well as bike racks. The only requirement from the planning commission was that there be connections between the Costco site and its neighboring commercial sites in future development. Costco expects to start construction on this new location next spring with an opening in late Summer or Fall 2016.
- WLKY.com: Zoning approved for Costco on Bardstown Road
- The Courier-Journal: Costco on Bardstown Rd likely to get Council OK
So, the much anticipated Costco in Tulsa was supposed to open this Fall, unfortunately, the weather had other plans. All of the groundworks are still being carried out because the weather has been so wet that the plot has been a muddy mess creating delays. The ground if finally dry enough to allow the concrete to be poured and for all of the construction vehicles to continue work on the site with crews excavating, installing utilities, erecting retaining walls, and burying gasoline tanks. As a result of all of the weather delays, it looks like the new Costco won’t be opening until late March or early April 2016, so everyone in Oklahoma will have a bit longer to wait.
It looks like the Colchester Costco might finally be getting a gas station. Costco opened its Colchester warehouse in 1993 and hadn’t been installing gas stations at that time. They first started on the long road to getting a gas station in 2007. After much legal back-and-forth, the Vermont Environmental Court has given Costco the go-ahead to install a gas station with 12 gas pumps in Colchester. The installation of the gas station was hotly protested by two companies owning gas stations in the area, R.L. Vallee, Inc. and Timberlake Associates. R.L. Vallee says they are still considering an appeal (they have 30 days to file one after the verdict), but let’s all hope that this comes to an end. With the court’s decision, Costco will be required to revamp its stormwater treatment system and pay for traffic improvements. Adding left-hand and right-hand turn lanes and another travel lane to serve through traffic to Lower Mountain View Drive at its intersection with the Roosevelt Highway, is estimated to cost $720,000, and Costco will be responsible for paying 20% of the total cost of improvements. There’s also another $362,000 worth of improvements to Exit 16 of Interstate 89 near Costco.
Hoover City Council voted to grant Costco a liquor license in August. The Hoover Costco location, open since 2003, will begin building out their liquor section which will be outside of the main warehouse, however, the store manager didn’t comment on when they would start selling liquor. As you can imagine, this created the usual upset from various factions of the public, but the city council voted 4-2 in favour of granting the license. Strangely, one the of the councilman, Gene Smith, voted against the license because he said Costco’s attorney, John Milledge, had a bad attitude – whatever that means.
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Remember what seems like a thousand years ago when there was talk about Costco opening a new location in Orillia on University Avenue? Well, now that might actually get a chance to happen. The hold up was due to lots and lots of road improvements that the province said were necessary before any development could proceed. Finally, that work is set to begin next year along the Highway 12/West Orillia corridor. There’s a lot of work to be done: a second southbound right-turn lane at the ramp exiting Highway 11 southbound, at the intersection of Highway 12/Coldwater Road; a four-way stop at the intersection of Bass Lake Road and West Ridge Boulevard will be converted to traffic signals; and, reconfiguration and signals added at the intersection of Highway11/12/Old Barrie Road, near Scout Valley. Some of the work has been deferred by the Ontario transportation ministry until after Costco opens. So now Costco just has to complete the site application and get to building, I guess. But this is definitely progress in the right direction to actually getting a store open.
Getafe (Madrid), Spain
The second Costco in Spain is getting close to finally opening. I’ve been expecting this location to open for almost a year, I think. The new Costco is located 10 kilometres south of Madrid in the Los Gavilanes Industrial Park in Getafe onCalle Rosalind Franklin (as a science-y aside, Rosalind Franklin’s x-ray crystallography research and images were key to determining the double helical molecular structure of DNA) . The new warehouse will include a gas station, which is also one of the last things holding up the opening. Apparently, Costco is still waiting for the license for the gas station before opening. If you’re in the area and thinking of becoming a Costco member, now is the time to sign up because Costco Spain has some great membership discounts. Individuals can get a discount of 33% off of the regular membership fee of € 36.30 (that includes the VAT). Business members (including self-employed) can get a 44% discount off of the regular fee of € 30.25 (with VAT). Both of these discounts will be available for members signing up before October 10th. The new warehouse will be opening October 1, 2015.
It looks like after a four year struggle to get a location in France actually open, Costco might be a bit closer to making that happen. This would be a completely new market for Costco and has brought out a fair bit of opposition from potential rivals. Competitors have complained about everything from Costco entering what they deem to be an already overcrowded market and causing job loss, to the unattractive design of the warehouses. Costco had approval from local authorities in 2013 to build a store in Bussy-Saint-Georges, a Paris suburb, but then the national agency that oversees commercial developments rejected it because of complaints. Then in May 2014, Costco got approval for a 120,000 square foot store in Villebon-sur-Yvette, another Paris suburb, in a research park, but Carrefour and Auchan (the big competition in France) appealed the decision and that has pushed the opening back to at least Spring 2016. Some believe that the regulatory tussle must be nearing an end, but, well, we’ve all seen the recent craziness around Uber in France.
Holiday Closures and Hours
- Saturday, September 26, CLOSED after 7 pm;
- Sunday, September 27, all locations CLOSED for Chuseok;
- Monday, September 28, normal business hours resume.