Costco finally coming to the Northland

Costco has long been rumored to be opening a Northland wholesale club.

Now it will happen.

On Friday, Kansas City and Clay and Platte county officials, developer MD Management and the Platte County R-3 School District said Costco plans to build a warehouse store at the northeast corner of North Platte Purchase Drive and Northwest 88th Street.

Diane Binckley, division manager with Kansas City’s City Planning and Development Department, received an application on Thursday for the Costco, on a site by Barry Towne Shopping Center. The 155,820-square-foot store with gas station is set to open in November.

In a statement, 2nd District council member Dan Fowler said: “Kansas City promised our residents our investment in the Northland’s water and sewer infrastructure would bring growth to this region. We are pleased to deliver on that promise today with the announcement of the opening of Costco and the added economic benefits for our community and our schools.”

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Kansas City’s MD Management is developing the four corners of the intersection. It also will give about 80 acres of land to the school district for two new schools, allowing the district to address short-term needs and prepare for another high school in the long term.

Costco officials said they do not confirm new stores until construction starts.

Costco was founded in 1976 under the Price Club name. During its fiscal year ending Aug. 30, 2015, total sales were $113.67 billion. It has area locations in midtown, Independence, Lenexa and Overland Park.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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