Costco Gets 7-2 Commission Approval; Location Still An Issue

January 06, 2017

Costco Gets 7-2 Commission Approval; Location Still An Issue

When Costco sees an area that's got a lot of traffic and is expanding, the company is likely to build a store there.

And, in most cases, the local township is pleased to see Costco enter the market. It lets residents have an enjoyable shopping experience than see with other well-known, big-box retailers. Many times, the shoppers get high-quality merchandise. These prices are often higher than Target or Wal-Mart, but they also come with better values.

Costco was recently approved to open a store in the Lincoln, Neb. area (population over 277,000). There's no other Costco location in that region, which means it's sure to be successful. There are currently more than 500 Costco warehouses in the U.S., which means the Lincoln store is just a small piece of the larger puzzle. Everything helps though.

The Lincoln-Lancaster Planning Commission approved the store in a 7-2 vote that gave the company a permit to build at the Pine Lake Road and 16th Street location. This Costco location could be problematic as it's situated between two schools. Many feel the increased traffic could be dangerous to the students.

Chris Hove is one commission chairman who voted against the permit, saying it would have a plethora of unintentional consequences. He said the location isn't big enough for Costco.

The company is no stranger to location problems, but it's typically related to traffic, not schools. Costco tends to pick its locations fairly well, and they also come with positive results. The problem with the Lincoln warehouse, which is slated to open in fall 2017, is that greed may rear its ugly head. Of course, the company may come up with a plan to address the traffic issues before the project is done.

Construction on the warehouse is projected to start in the spring.