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[Poll] Costco 'Cautiously Optimistic' to Open in 2013

Would you support a Costco coming to Yorktown? Representatives are "cautiously optimistic" to open in the fall of 2013. Public hearings for the big box store proposal are expected to be held in September.

Representatives of Costco Wholesale Club say the proposed 151,000 square-foot retailer on Route 202 in Yorktown in late fall of 2013.

The big box store, which will be build at an 18.75-acre site that currently houses an abandoned motel, a former gas station, nursery and two homes. The project is expected to alleviate some of the traffic congestion on Route 202 as well as create 350 construction and 200 permanent jobs, according to Costco representatives.

to read the full story about what Costco representatives told Yorktown Chamber of Commerce members about the project last week. Public hearings are expected to be held in September. 

The news sparked some comments from Yorktown Patch readers. Here is what readers wrote on our Facebook page

Linda Von Toussaint: "It's a known fact most projects even in your own home are not completed as one would like."

Sue Taylor: "Although I love Costco, I think the traffic at that part of town is already a nightmare. This will do nothing but make a bad situation much worse."

Becky Lou: "Sounds like an awful idea. Completely unnecessary."

Evan Bray: "Just join BJ's and your trip gets shortened. We already have an "extraordinary" big box wholesaler across the street from this site. There's a serious disconnect between the words coming out of the development team's mouths and the town planning realities of this site."

Ricki Butler: "Unnecessary. Traffic nightmare."

Take our poll above and tell us what you think of the porposed Costco. What questions would you like to ask Costco representatives?

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Tom June 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Bill- Find someone who now works for a fortune 500 company who would want to work for Costco and you will get my point. Who cares if its 10 bucks or 15 bucks per hour, its hilarious to watch this debate. The point here is Yorktown can do much better than Costco and it must if it wants to attract professional people and bolster the local economy.
Bill June 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Find someone who doesn't work for a Fortune 500 company (or any company at all) and ask them if they'd like to work for Costco. Ask someone who might be looking for a part time job and ask them. And JM was the one who brought up the salary issue when they claimed it was minimum wage, and then foolishly offered to sell me a bridge if I believed that they paid $15/hour (and then posted bogus numbers and even more foolishly posted the source). Now that I've proven that they pay fairly well for retail, you want to say that it's not an issue. And the YCP always mentioned here had retail in that location. So why are we all of a sudden concerned about salaries? Oh wait, it's because it's not the RIGHT kind of retail for your liking. And what would these fictitious professional people do for the local economy? Shop at the local delis and supermarkets? A popular retail store will do far more for the local economy than any office building would.
Carol June 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It's called p-r-o-g-r-e-s-s. It's not "Costco" per se, or any other box store. Even the Temple was fought about and eventually turned down.
Gia October 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
People have to be aware that the True Cost of Costco to our community is irreparable damage to the environment, flora, fauna of the area, our health and health of our kids, viability of our small businesses, historical preservation of our peaceful town and mere convenience of getting home on time with all the traffic that's coming to Route 202.
Bill October 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Seriously, you needed to post on a 4 month old article? Exactly what historical preservation will Costco destroy? And you're talking about one relatively small patch of land in a how many square mile town? I think Yorktown will be able to survive that. But please keep making stuff up, it's fun to read.

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