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Costco eyes Cary shopping center for new store

Posted January 5, 2012
Updated January 6, 2012

— The wholesale club Costco wants to put its second store in Wake County where a popular shopping center now sits in Cary.

The Washington state-based company recently submitted a plan to the Town of Cary to build a new facility on the west corner of U.S. Highway 1/64 where the MacGregor Village shopping center already has a large customer base.

About 415,000 people live within a 10-mile radius, which includes the exclusive golf course community MacGregor Downs.

Some residents don't like the idea of the giant membership warehouse moving into their neighborhood.

"A big-box store like that does not seem to fit in the neighborhood," resident Larry Watkins said.

"I think it would be too much over there," another resident, Melissa Luihn, said.

A Costco representative said Thursday that the company has been looking to build a store in Cary – one already is in Raleigh – for years.

It has submitted a pre-application to town planners for feedback about how to proceed. The town says the company must also submit a formal site plan and that the review process is about four to five months.

Eighteen businesses make up the shopping center, including MacGregor Draft House, an occupant for 11 years. Costco Costco wants to build in Cary

"We're confident, if we had to move down the road and open up a new place, we'd be able to do it," the bar's manager, Jeremy Fisher, said. "Obviously, we prefer to stay here and establish ourselves in the community."

Fisher said all of the businesses have leases with Indiana-based Simon Property Group, which would handle any buyout talks.

"Ideally, we'd like to stay here, but we'll play the cards as they're dealt," he said.

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  • ocskater2000 Jan 6, 6:31 p.m.

    I have been waiting for this for a very long time. I love Costco and have personally been eyeing all the potential locations in the Cary/Apex area that I knew would be a good location for a Costco store. My prayers have been answered! If they dont want them in Cary, I am sure the town of Apex is open for a discussion.

  • colleenjanel Jan 6, 3:36 p.m.

    "Or, they could somehow fit in the old TJ Max store across from the mall. Or, they could stick it in the old KMart building on Kildaire Farm road. Or, the empty lot near the corner of Maynard and Harrison. There are much better places than MacGregor and the traffic jam that is 64/US 1."

    JustAName, you evidently have no idea how large a Costco is. The TJ Maxx and KMart combined is still too small.

  • DickHefner Jan 6, 2:35 p.m.

    Based on the small amount of traffic that was added when Costco opened in Raleigh I don't think there would be any difference in traffic at that location especially once the other businesses were relocated. Costco provides a good store environmnent and Cary would benefit for sure.

  • mmtlash Jan 6, 2:28 p.m.

    isn't the proposed location on a 4 lane road with a median? I'm sure as long as there are adequate turn lanes traffic will be ok. Costco is at Wake Forest Rd @ Six Forks in Raleigh, with many other stores/restaurants nearby in a busy area and the traffic is ok.... Not to mention the Durham Costco sits off 2 lane Broad St in a large shopping center and traffic is manageable. I'm sure traffic will be ok @ the proposed Cary location... although I'm sure the Cary NIMBY's will put up a fight (and yes I'm a Cary resident myself, I just don't relate to alot of the folks in the town lol)

  • haggis basher Jan 6, 1:42 p.m.

    "Tryon Rd/64/1 couldn't handle the extra weekend traffic that a Costco would draw unless there were big improvements made."

    Not so....apart from the usual rush hour or occasional concert traffic there are rarely hold ups in this area.

  • haggis basher Jan 6, 1:40 p.m.

    "MacGregor Village is dead anyway, so why not use the space for a store that will actually bring jobs and tax revenue to Wake County?"

    Hope they do open it there. Cut my drive versus going to BJs and the competition will help keep Walmart and HT straight.

  • JustAName Jan 6, 12:16 p.m.

    Sam's in Morrisville on 54, so need to put it at the new Cary Parkway and 54 center. BJ's is at Crossroads, right down the street from MacGregor. I'll go with those who say it should be at 55 and HighHouse. At least the roads can handle it there.

    Or, they could somehow fit in the old TJ Max store across from the mall. Or, they could stick it in the old KMart building on Kildaire Farm road. Or, the empty lot near the corner of Maynard and Harrison. There are much better places than MacGregor and the traffic jam that is 64/US 1.

  • carydoggymom Jan 6, 11:46 a.m.

    MacGregor Village is dead anyway, so why not use the space for a store that will actually bring jobs and tax revenue to Wake County?

  • saranya77 Jan 6, 11:45 a.m.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE COSTCO and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to not have to drive 40 minutes to get to one!!! We have been members for years and have been waiting for this.

  • CaryMacGuy Jan 6, 11:44 a.m.

    Lets not worry about Costco right now...what we really need in the triangle is a Wegmans. Those of you from Upstate NY, PA, VA, NJ, or MD know what I am talking about!

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