Wheaton Closer to Getting Costco in 2012

by UrbanTurf Staff


In January 2010, it was reported that the Montgomery County Council was trying to bring Costco, the store-where-you-can-get-massive-quantities-of-everything, to Wheaton. To sweeten the deal, the Council announced it was willing to offer a $4 million subsidy to help the Westfield-Wheaton shopping mall, where the new store would be located, pay for the $50 million project.

On Monday, the Council defeated a proposal that would have prevented this subsidy from funding the mall, The Washington Post reports, which means that Wheaton residents will likely have access to a place where they can buy paper towels at bulk rates by 2012.

The decision to approve the funds, which will be provided to developer Westfield in $2 million increments in 2011 and 2012, did not come without opposition, as the county faces a $300 million budget deficit over the next fiscal year.

From The Post:

Council members opposed to the subsidy said the county might have put its pride ahead of its people. “The idea of giving $2 million of our scarce dollars to Westfield is a mistake,” said Marc Elrich, who led the opposition to the subsidy. “We can take this $2 million and put it to better use in our community.”

At the moment, the only close-in Costco store is in Pentagon City.

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  1. Chris said at 9:50 pm on Tuesday May 17, 2011:

    Beltsville location not closer than pentagon city?

  1. Dan said at 3:44 pm on Wednesday May 18, 2011:

    This project includes a Costco gas station, slated to be the busiest fueling operation in the entire County, being shoehorned next to an outdoor community swimming pool and single-family residences. The project also got a waiver for Environmental Site Design and an exemption from Forest Conservation Plan, and is not required to even file a site plan or a traffic study.

  1. Missy said at 12:05 pm on Thursday May 19, 2011:

    I don’t mind Costco coming to Wheaton—it’s much needed there to fill the gaping hole that was left when Hecht’s left—but I DO mind the MoCo Council giving Westfield Wheaton 4MM of TAX DOLLARS to bring Costco to the mall.  It is my understanding that Westfield has gotten other subsidies from MoCo before.  With the new Safeway being built, I doubt that the space would have been vacant long, even if the Costco deal had fallen through.  Perhaps the MoCo Council didn’t want to back out of a handshake deal that Ike Leggett made to pay Westfield 4MM even BEFORE the matter was brought to the Council. 
    Also I DO MIND a gas station being crammed onto the mall grounds.  I don’t live in Wheaton, but every Costco I’ve seen with a gas station has VERY LONG LINES.  Not to mention that the Costco stores with gas stations are NOT in residential areas.  This one would be in a RESIDENTIAL AREA.  There’s not enough room for a gas station at that mall, on that side of the mall.  I understand that the gas station is being considered separately anyway.  I hope it fails.

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