If Regina City Council is on board, fifteen acres of land near Tower Road and Victoria Avenue could become Costco’s new home. The area will soon be transformed into a new regional retail site called Aurora Retail Centre.
Costco’s application went before the city’s planning committee on Wednesday and City Councillor Michael O’Donnell says there were Costco representatives at the meeting from Seattle and Edmonton.
“There were a few questions at planning commission,” said O’Donnell. “But it will be advanced to city council at the end of this month.”
O’Donnell says there is quite a bit of enthusiasm in the community for the idea.
“It’s certainly been an item of talk,” O’Donnell said. “They’re not only going to have a very large store with over 800 parking spots, but they also mentioned they are going to have a new gas bar as well.”
O’Donnell says the question did arise in the planning session as to whether Costco would consider building a second Costco in the Queen City – something which has happened in Saskatoon.
“We did ask them about that notion a little bit,” said O’Donnell. “They’re response simply was that they did their assessment and they already have a pattern to the east side of Regina and didn’t want to disrupt that pattern.”
Council will vote on the issue at the next meeting on April 24th.
If city council approves, Costco will move three kilometres east down Victoria Avenue to the new Aurora Retail Centre. Costco currently is located on University Park Drive.
The store will be approximately 157-thousand square feet, which is 30-thousand square feet bigger than the current location.
The plan includes 863 parking stalls.