It’s early doors for Costco

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

WA’S first Costco could open as early as March, with the Amer­i­can re­tail gi­ant’s con­struc­tion more than a month ahead of sched­ule.

Orig­i­nally slated for May next year, the dis­count be­he­moth at the Perth Air­port precinct is now ex­pected to be­gin trad­ing in the first quar­ter of next year.

The $55 mil­lion project has gen­er­ated more than 200 con­struc­tion jobs and will hire about 275 peo­ple to staff the store, which is more than triple the size of an av­er­age su­per­mar­ket at 14,000sq m.

Costco Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­trick Noone cred­ited the build­ing firm with the ex­pected early com­ple­tion of the store.

“The con­struc­tion by Ge­or­giou is go­ing very quickly, very pro­fes­sion­ally,” he said. “We’re very pleased with it.

“Hope­fully it will be be­fore Easter next year.”

Costco mem­bers pay up to $60 a year to be able to shop at the com­pany’s ware­houses world­wide and buy branded goods in bulk at con­sid­er­able dis­count prices. Mem­ber­ship for Perth cus­tomers will be avail­able on­line from Novem­ber and in store four to six weeks be­fore open­ing.

Costco CEO Pa­trick Noone, City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks and Perth Air­port chief cor­po­rate ser­vices of­fi­cer De­bra Blas­kett at the site of the new su­per­mar­ket.

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