Countdown to Costco has begun
Costco fans might want to get out their calendars, because the countdown has started and their day is coming soon.
If an opening date posted on Costco's website proves accurate, Rochester shoppers could be rolling carts through its aisles before the holidays heat up.
Since Costco confirmed its plans to build a 150,000-square-foot store at the corner of 19th Street Northwest and West Circle Drive, the target opening date has always been vaguely stated as "by fall of 2012."
The Rochester store was not even on Costco's Coming Soon list as recently as July 10.
But the second-largest retailer in the United States has added Rochester to the end of the new store list on its website.
Opening date is listed as Nov. 16, 2012. That's a mere 122 days from today.
Construction of the store covering more than three acres plus a satellite gas station is picking up speed as this hot Minnesota July rolls toward August.
Construction watchers also can expect action on Kwik Trip's 108-acre West Circle Drive development to shift into high gear.
The building permit for the store's "structural shell," which alone is valued at $17 million, was first filed in April.
On Monday, a Blaine, Minn. company filed an application with Rochester Building Safety Department to get a permit to install Costco's plumbing. Just the plumbing work is valued at $500,000, according to the permit.
While Costco's construction picks up, so does the speculation about what other companies and businesses might be jockeying for position to build in its shadow.
No names or details yet on that front, but that could change quickly.
It is a safe bet that within 123 days, we'll know something more about Costco's future neighbors.