Costco set to build in Tampa

December 21, 2013 by  

The third Costco in the Tampa region is being proposed as a standalone store at the corner of Linebaugh and Sheldon, it was confirmed this month.

The Costco would be the anchor tenant for a 155,000 square foot shopping center and would sit at the back of the parcel, with other tenants leasing commercial spaces closer to Linebaugh Avenue. Ideal tenants for these sites would be entities such as banks, pharmacies, and restaurants.

Costco Wholesale Corp., to give the company its full name, is headquartered near Seattle, Washington and runs a chain of discount warehouses that require membership. The concept is to provide brand-name products at the lowest prices possible. The chain has approximately 460 stores nationwide, including two near Tampa, in Clearwater and Brandon.

Developers met recently with area residents to discuss the proposed center, and get their input. Residents were eager to learn what sort of impact the new center could have on traffic and the environment. Costco has done traffic studies to discover what effect its store might have on the neighborhood, and remains confident it will be a great addition to the area, as well as shortening shoppers’ trips by enabling them to shop locally.

Costco officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for the neighborhood’s residents in which it discusses its company philosophy and mission, as well as what the positive aspects are of having the new store located in the area.