Costco to Open Outpost in Wheaton?

by Mark Wellborn

Costco to Open Outpost in Wheaton?: Figure 1

Costco’s slow plan for complete control of the DC area is taking shape.

The Washington Examiner recently reported that the Montgomery County Council is trying to bring the store-where-you-can-get-massive-quantities-of-everything to Wheaton. The sweetener in this deal is that the Council is 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.

News of the possible store comes just about a month after reports that the wholesale giant was moving forward with plans to open one of its enormous outposts at a planned shopping center at the corner of New York Avenue and South Dakota Avenue NE in DC’s Fort Lincoln neighborhood. The Washington Business Journal reported that if the financing is approved, the store could break ground later this year and open as early as 2011.

At the moment, the only close-in Costco store is in Pentagon City. Needless to say, the opening of stores in Wheaton and Fort Lincoln would give DC folks more options when they are in need of fifty rolls of toilet paper, and certainly ease the weekend crowds at the Pentagon City location.

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  1. Jeanne said at 5:04 pm on Monday January 18, 2010:
    Taking shape, indeed, but I have to say that a Wheaton Costco location would make me very happy.
  1. John said at 7:03 pm on Monday January 18, 2010:
    I think this would be real bad for the Wheaton area, a costco would out alot of mom & pop shops out of business.
  1. Mary said at 10:30 pm on Monday January 18, 2010:
    I dunno - mom and pop shops are usually competing on convenience and some specialty products, not price. Costco's got great prices but is a gigantic pain to get out of, so I don't think anyone ever pops in for just one or two items. I can see the grocery stores not being thrilled about it, though.
  1. Lee said at 4:34 pm on Tuesday January 19, 2010:
    Supposedly the Pentagon City location is closing within 2 years. It's the most convenient and least traffic clogged locale. I will be sad if and when it closes, because it's convenient to get to. I can't imagine how hellacious the Baltimore Parkway will be when the DC locale opens up - it's already the worst road . . .
  1. BD said at 5:06 pm on Tuesday January 19, 2010:
    The Pentagon City closing is not happening. That was incorrectly reported by the Post, I believe, and was retracted.
  1. John said at 5:17 pm on Tuesday January 19, 2010:
    "..The story goes something like this: Bigbox retailer comes in. Everyone is excited because the Bigbox brings convenience. People from all over the County come to Wheaton to shop at the Bigbox — and then they leave Wheaton after they finish shopping at the Bigbox. No going to the small retailers on the triangle, no going to any of the local restaurants. Get in and Get OUT..." Great article http://maryland-politics.blogspot.com/2010/01/ikes-grand-idea-for-wheaton.html

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