We Asked Our Readers to Comment on Costco

We asked you, our readers, to tell us what you think about Costco coming into town. Here is what you said.

We asked you, our readers, to tell us what you think about Costco coming into town. 

Here is what some of you said:

Francis T. McVetty, Yorktown Heights

  • I favor the building of Costco here in Yorktown. The parcel of land that Costco will be built on is an eye sore to the community. It produces NO revenue for the town in property taxes. It also does not produce any jobs for our town residents. Some say that it will put BJ's out of business. That may or may not happen. That is up to American free enterprise system. I do hope that the town will look at this project and NOT take too much time in making a decision. The town of Yorktown has this habit of stalling projects like this until the builder or company just gets tired and moves on. I don't say rush into this BUT lets make it a priority to make a decision in a timely manner. It took the town over two years to look at the expansion of the IBM facility on Strang Boulevard. IBM didn't have time to wait and moved its facility to Somers. The facility was closed on Strang Boulevard and a non-tax paying college was its replacement. Lets hope that the Chamber of Commerce does its job and advocates for its building. This would be a good start. 

Andreea Oncioiu

  • I think it is a great idea and we need something closer to home so we don’t have to go to Danbury! Keep the shopping in Westchester! Local!

Jeremy Levin 

  • Did anyone notice how BJ's changed their store around? Are they feeling threatened? I think it will increase traffic a little but that area is such an eyesore that I'll take the improvements Costco is willing to provide.

James Pietrangolare, Somers

  • Looking forward to it, Costco will blow BJ's away. More variety to choose from. Being the only game in town for a long time, BJ's lost its edge, now that Costco is coming they decided to upgrade the store.  

Laurie Hander Leahy, Yorktown Heights

  • I look forward to having Costco available to us. It is the best of the big box
    stores and we suffer so in this town monopolized by A&P.

Lisa Graham, Yorktown

  • I don't think a Costco is the best use of that site, as BJ's is just down the hill. I much preferred the type of proposal made a few years ago, which is a plaza of smaller stores, some upscale clothing stores, maybe a few unique gift shops and other retail since our mall is one short breath from death. I actually live right by the prospective Costco site, and am dreading the extra traffic, but know that anything would be better than that embarrassing eyesore that sits there right now. And we desperately need the tax revenue! My kids are so bummed that the IHOP/Pizza Hut deal fell through just down the hill! I just can't believe that we are entertaining the idea of a Costco right up the hill from BJ'S when there are countless other options. But the town's reputation is such that is a losing battle to try to build or develop anything here that few want to try.

Feel free to continue the conversation and weigh in by commenting below. 

Bill March 28, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Lisa, did you notice how that proposal for an upscale mall never got pursued by the developer? You can wish for things all you want, but if they turn out not to be economically viable, they're not going to get built. Also, what sort of "countless other options" are there? What proposals did the town turn down? One letter to the NCN when this was first announced suggested a Whole Foods, even though there is no evidence that they have any interest in Yorktown (like Trader Joe's, they do have interest in Danbury, they are building one where Marcus Dairy is/was). Costco is a pretty smart company. If they didn't think that a store in Yorktown could be profitable, they would not build one here. There closest Costco's are Port Chester, Nanuet, and Brookfield, and there is NOTHING to the north in NYS. This store could draw people from Dutchess who have never had a Costco nearby. And we finally will get Route 202 fixed, something the town foolishly lost the chance to do years ago when they sent Home Depot to Cortlandt (remember Homart?). Also, Costco is a great place to work. It's a no brainer to welcome them to Yorktown.
Bill March 28, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Regarding BJ's, I think it's great that they upgraded, and their new deli is something that will set them apart from Costco. Amusingly, I had emailed their corporate offers over a year ago when they first put a deli in their Wappingers Store and asked if they would add one to Yorktown. They responded no, there was no room for it. The looming competition may have caused them to rethink that answer, or maybe they are just renovating all stores and figured out a way to add the deli because it's been so popular. I know it was very busy on a recent weekend visit. Either way, it's a good thing. Sadly, their bakery still cannot compare to Costco.
Joseph Visconti March 28, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Its time for Yorktown to wake up. The benefits of Costco are enormus. The communtiy give back is 1% of the gross revenue of each store. This store is slated to do $150 million per year thus $1.5 million back to Yorktown. It will aslo generate $750,000 in real estate taxes not to mention sales taxes. There is no impact on the school system. The route 202 improvements are something Yorktown could not do on their own. There are 240 new jobs with healthcare. The gas portion is 40-50 cents per gallon under everyone else. This project will also boost the entire Rte 202 corridor. Cortlandt and Mahoac are having no trouble developing their communities while Yorktown gets all the traffic. Other companies will not build there if it is not profitable and the site will remain an eyesoar for the forseeable future with no income to the town.
ScrabbleMomof1 March 28, 2011 at 09:28 PM
I say, Bring It! BJ's could use the competition. Besides, I hear Costco has the best mousse and buttercream in their bakery department
Bill March 28, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Their carrot cake is also excellent. All of their sheet cakes are great, and an amazing bargain.
Bill March 28, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Their gas is cheap, but not quite as great as you made it sounds. Figure 10-20c below the cheapest local station. In Nanuet, they don't quite beat the NJ stations, and their prices may be artificially lower there because of the proximity to cheap gas..
Bill March 28, 2011 at 09:49 PM
PS while we are wishing, I wish for a Trader Joe's in the empty A&P in town. Not going to happen, but what does that matter, right?
ScrabbleMomof1 March 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Yeah! Or a Whole Foods!
Costco lover March 30, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I am anxiously waiting for Costco to come to Yorktown....My number one complaint with BJ's is the cleanliness of the refrigerators,,especially the egg and milk section.. the food Demo personnel leave much to be desired, although I haven't seen them lately... Although, I do love the addition of the new delit at BJ's. Saves me time going from store to store... and yes, what about an IHOP or Pizza Hut at the old A&P location..
ScrabbleMomof1 March 30, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Oh Yes IHOP!!! or Olive Garden :-)
Gina January 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I don't understand why we need another big box store in our town, especially when we already have BJ's (which serves the same purpose) right down the street. I'd much rather see something like an ice skating venue or a movie theater, or even a catering hall be built there than another warehouse wholesale food store. I am very concerned about the increased traffic that it will generate, and I wonder if BJ's will be able to survive the competition. If it doesn't survive, will we be looking at another vacant store in our community?


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