Costco Opens in West Fargo
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 15:10
Community members are anticipating the opening of the first Costco in the Dakotas, which will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. with promotions and food samples.
The new Costco is located at the southwest corner of I-94 and Veterans Blvd at 750 23rd Ave. E. in West Fargo.
According to a press release Costco is a membership warehouse store that sells name brand and private-label items at a low price.
The West Fargo location will have several departments including: a Gas Station, Bakery, Deli, Optical Center with an optometrist, 1-Hour photo, Tire Center, Hearing Aid Center, Food Court, and Fine Wine & Liquor.
Last week customers were already lining up to buy their memberships Tom Haas, the administrative manager of the West Fargo warehouse said.
“People can’t wait,” Haas said. “We are really selling memberships at a high rate.”
Students and community members who have shopped at Costco locations across the U.S. say they are excited about the opening in West Fargo because they know and like their products.
Amy Marquardt, a senior majoring in English Education, said she will absolutely shop at the new Costco in West Fargo.
At her hometown Costco in Watertown, S.D. Marquardt said she bought fresh produce, meat, dairy, seafood, fresh baked goods, flowers, clothing and books.
She said students would like the warehouse for the same reason she does.
“It’s cheap, easy and their products are fabulous!” Marquardt said.
Participating students responded positively to a Facebook poll, which asked who will be “checking out” the new Costco in West Fargo.
Four students said, “I’m so pumped! I love Costco!”
And two students said, “Sure, I’ll go check it out and see what they have to offer.”
The West Fargo Costco is offering gift cards to new members during tomorrows opening Haas said.
With the purchase of a Gold Star membership the customer will receive a $10 gift card and a $20 gift card with the purchase of an executive membership.
Costco also offers “Costco Cash Cards” which are reloadable and can be used by non-members.
According to the Costco website a parent who is a member could potentially load the card with credit from $25 to $1000 for their student to use at any Costco location, including online and Costco gas stations. For more information visit Costco’s website.
Tonight the West Fargo opening will begin with an invitation only V.I.P night for local dignitaries. They will be able to tour the store, but not purchase anything Haas said.
There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime during the opening events.
The West Fargo location is just one of the new Costco locations opening across the U.S.
According to the Costco Facebook page new store locations will open throughout the month of November in: Farragut, Tenn., Concordville, Pa., East Peoria, Ill., Sun Prairie, Wis, Rochester, Minn. and Washington D.C.
The West Fargo warehouse will be the 440th location in the U.S. and the 610th worldwide according to a press release.
Costco’s home office is located in Issaquah, Wash.