Submitted by Costco
Costco will replace its original Bellingham location with a new facility approximately 1 mile southwest, at 4125 Arctic Ave. on Saturday, November 19, at 8:00 a.m. Costco opened its original location in Bellingham in November 1991.
The company determined that the Bellingham location was too small to adequately provide all the amenities newer buildings have. The original Bellingham location will close at the end of business on Friday, November 18.
The new building is 25-percent larger, at 162,000 square feet, compared to the original 130,000 square feet. The building will have the latest services that Costco offers, including an expanded Service Deli, Hearing Aid Center and a Gas Station with Diesel, in addition to almost 500 more parking spots.
“In addition to new and expanded services, the relocation of a new, bigger Bellingham facility will better serve our members,” said Warehouse Manager Andrea Lowden.
The new Bellingham warehouse will offer quality, brand-name and private-label merchandise at substantially lower prices than can be found through conventional wholesale or retail sources. Costco helps small- to medium-size businesses save money on items for resale and on supplies for their business, and provides a wide range of products and services for members’ personal use as well.
In addition to the departments already listed, the new location will feature an Optical Department with Independent Doctor of Optometry, Pharmacy, Fresh Meat, Fresh Produce, Fresh Bakery, Photo Center, Tire Center, Beer, Liquor, and Fine Wine, and a Food Court.
This warehouse will employ 330 people. Costco operates 31 warehouses in Washington, 506 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and 723 worldwide.
The company has been recognized throughout the country for providing its employees with real living wages – the highest in the industry – and for its ethical business practices.
Costco’s home office is located in Issaquah, Wash. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COST.