Edmonton is now home to Costco Wholesale’s first business centre in Western Canada.
The 127,000-square-foot facility opened its doors on Tuesday in the city’s west end just off Stony Plain Road along 184 Street. More than 70 per cent of the products in the store are aimed at catering to businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores and offices. Some of the items include 10-kilogram jars of peanut butter, nearly 20 litres of maple syrup and 16-litres of canola oil.
Marc-André Bally, the vice-president of business centres and ancillary businesses for Costco Wholesale Canada, said the Edmonton location had been in the works for some time and was glad to see the doors open.
“For a business centre, the first thing we look at is how many businesses are in a 30 to 40-minute drive radius,” he said. “This concept is based on selling mostly to businesses and delivering to businesses so of course, having a decent density of businesses around is the key indicator as to if a project like this can be viable.”
This is the fourth business centre in Canada with the other three located in Ontario and Quebec. The store, which is expected to create roughly 140 jobs, is open to all Costco members, not just businesses, and has 411 parking spots, 350 shopping carts and 60 flatbeds.
More to come…