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April 5, 2019

Costco eyes South Windsor

Photo | Flickr via Mike Mozart

Costco Wholesale Corp. is eyeing a new location in South Windsor's Evergreen Walk, a project expected to cost a total of $42 million, town officials announced this week.

The multinational chain of membership-only warehouse clubs has locations in Enfield, New Britain, and four other Connecticut municipalities.

The new Costco facility would be built on a 16-acre property behind LA Fitness, located at 100 Cedar Ave., Town Manager Matthew Galligan said.

Costco would like to arrange a tax-fixing agreement with the town for the $16 million building, he said, which the Economic Development Commission will discuss at a special meeting on Thursday in Town Hall.

Site work on the property is expected to cost $11 million, Galligan said, partly due to the sandy soil there. Completing projects in that area, including Costco, also would connect road networks and bridges, he added, creating a roadway from Clark Street to the Costco facility and Tamarack Avenue.

Galligan said the new Costco would have a positive impact on Evergreen Walk and increase the foot traffic there, since Costco shoppers could head there to shop and eat.

He added that the facility’s location would be convenient for people living at various assisted-living facilities in the area, including HarborChase, which is set to open in 2020. Residents living in Tempo Evergreen Walk apartments also would benefit, he said.

While the closest Costco store is in Enfield, Manchester has a BJ’s Wholesale Club.

A Sam’s Club on Pavilions Drive near the Buckland Hills mall in Manchester closed in 2018. That store is still vacant.

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