Bye bank balance, Costco is coming to NZ!

Publish Date
Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 3:11PM

As if we needed another outlet for our paychecks.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, the world's second-largest retailer behind Walmart, has just announced it will open its first New Zealand store on Auckland's north-western fringe.

The membership-only United States-headquartered bulk discounter is famous for being 25 to 30 per cent cheaper than its supermarket competitors and offering an eclectic mix of products ranging from giant teddy bears to coffins.

Campbell Barbour, NZ Retail Property Group general manager, issued the announcement with Costco Wholesale Australia managing director Patrick Noone, mayor Phil Goff and Waitakere councillor Linda Cooper.

"Global bulk discount retailer Costco has announced that it is coming to New Zealand. The US Giant has worked with the New Zealand Retail Property Group and secured a site at Westgate in Auckland's North West. Costco is the world's second largest retailer," the statement said.

The property development project will bring a store of about 14,000sq m, the announcement said. That is roughly equivalent to two rugby fields.

"The Westgate Costco warehouse will be approximately 14,000sq m, provide over 800 carparks and cost approximately $90m. The new warehouse will create an estimated 350 full-time equivalent jobs for the north-west Auckland community," the announcement said.

A full-format offering will result in Costco selling groceries, electronics, homewares, fuel station, tyre centre, food court, optometrist, hearing aid services, the announcement said.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz/ and is republished here with permission.