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Costco to open first Columbia location on Aug. 10

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Costco will open its first Columbia location on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m., a company spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

The 153,000-square-foot warehouse retail center has been under construction on a 31-acre site at the intersection of Piney Grove Road and Fernandina Road near the I-26 interchange since December.

Costco, a membership only warehouse retailer, plans to open its first Midlands location on Aug. 10. (Photo/Shutterstock)Costco, the world’s second-largest retailer, is a members-only warehouse club that offers merchandise ranging from home furnishings to groceries to automotive products, including private-label Kirkland Signature items. The company, headquartered in Issaquah, Wash., has 706 locations worldwide – including 494 in the United States - and reported revenues of $116.2 billion for fiscal year 2015.

Costco has S.C. locations in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg, as well as stores in Charlotte and Augusta, Ga. Individual and business memberships costs $55 a year, with an executive level membership that includes additional perks available for $110.

A flier distributed to nearby neighborhoods detailed incentives for new members, including a $20 Costco Cash Card. Prospective members can sign up at the store’s temporary location at Columbiana Station at 1270-C2 Bower Parkway, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Costco warehouse will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Costco submitted plans for the same Piney Grove site in April 2015, but those plans were denied because they did not meet landscaping and engineering requirements, according to the Richland County public information office.

Another effort to land the retailer in December 2013 also fell through.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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