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Costco planning a store in Mishawaka


Costco has filed plans to build in Mishawaka.  The City's Mayor, Dave Wood, said the Wholesale Retailer filed the paperwork earlier this week.

The Mayor said Costco plans to build their Mishawaka store on University Drive in between where the Super Target is now and Summer Place Apartments.  The building plans include a store and a gas station.

Local leaders are pretty excited about what this all means for the community.  Mayor Wood said, "I think it's great news for Mishawaka.  Costco tends to be one of those retailers that draws people in from a much broader footprint than most."  Meaning it's not just the locals who will shop at the new Costco, people will come from miles and miles away to shop there.  "Costco is one of those that people tend to travel to," said Mayor Wood.

And when people travel long distances to shop they don't just shop in one place, they'll make other stops in the local area.  Mayor Wood said, "That'll be good for business everywhere in Mishawaka."

It'll be good for everyone too.  Jeff Rea with the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce said,  "even if you're not a Costco shopper it ultimately impacts or benefits you cause Costco's competition has to be on their game too so they have to be more competitive on price."

Rea said this will bring more jobs as well.  Construction jobs to turn this land into the new Costco and then of course jobs when the store actually opens.  Mayor Wood said he's not sure yet how many people the new Costco will employ, but if it's like other Costco's they will likely add at least 100 new jobs.  "They're going to employ quite a few people here and we're told they pay well, competitive wages.  I think that's great for our local economy as well," said Mayor Wood.

Rea adds, often, there's a trickle down effect of bringing in more businesses.  "I think there's just a good vibe happening in our community right now."

Mayor Wood said he doesn't know yet when construction would start on Costco but he's assuming construction season next year.

We did call Costco to get more details from them but they told said, "corporate policy is to not comment on specific markets."

For those who don't know about Costco it's similar to a Sam's Club.  You pay a membership fee to shop there but then everything in the store is sold at discounted prices.  For more information you can visit their website here.

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