Traverse City Costco Announces Grand Opening Date

“It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be a place that we can bring value to Northern Michigan,” said general manager Jacob Norton.

A big addition to Northern Michigan has set a grand opening date.

The first Costco in Northern Michigan is set to open October 26th.

Traverse City has been anticipating the grand opening since before construction even started.

It is taking up 18 acres on South Airport Road.

Cherry Capital Airport agreed to lease the space for the next 60 years.

Bringing around $12.3 million to the airport.   

“It’s a great place, Northern Michigan is a great place to raise a family and a great place to call home,” said Norton.

Development on the Costco site started back in March and it’s been moving fast.

“Quicker than you thought, everyday I look there I’m like wow that came up, that came up, it’s pretty quick,” said Majid Abohadba.

People living nearby have been weighing the pros and cons of this store being across their street.

“I’m really excited for it,” said Abohadba. “I’m not excited for the heavier traffic but I’m excited to have a place like Costco right next door.”

“The neighbors and I, we all kind of agree we’re going to stay as long as we can and make it a neighborhood,” said Butch Faux. “It’s kind of a wait and see, good and bad.”

Costco has a temporary set up in the Cherryland Center to sell memberships and host on-site interviews to become part of their team.

“It’s a great experience, it’s a company I love coming to work every single day and working for, very rewarding, it’s a place that I truly call home,” said Norton.

And there could be a chance for even more jobs.

“Typically when Costco comes in, you see other businesses as well follow,” said Norton. “They’re aware of our metrics and how we can attract new businesses to the area including restaurants and other retail.”

The store is still actively accepting applications, preparing for the big day.

“We’re excited to be here and we’re excited to be part of the community and looking forward to making a positive difference in the community,” said Norton.

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