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Costco plans move ahead in Cumming after uncertainty



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The construction of the Costco Wholesale on the northeast corner of Bald Ridge Marina and Market Place Boulevard off Ga. 400 at exit 15 is expected to pick back up at the end of the month. (click for larger version)

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1211 Bald Ridge Marina Road is located at the far north portion of Market Place Boulevard and near Ga. 400.
January 03, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — It's back on.

After plans stalled and construction was halted in the summer, a long waiting period of negotiations and much doubt ensued; but the wait appears to be over. The construction of the Costco Wholesale on the northeast corner of Bald Ridge Marina and Market Place Boulevard off Ga. 400 at exit 15 is expected to pick back up at the end of the month.

"We're very hopeful that Costco will start building early this year," said Emory Lipscomb, the attorney representing the owners of the property. "We are working through getting the grading work that we were doing. We were held up due to the tremendous amount of rain that we've had, but we hope that maybe even this month that they will take over and start building there."

Lipscomb said Costco Wholesale will be handling the construction of the 148,000-square-foot building with about 650 parking slots.

"I hear from people everywhere that are so anxious to see that building open, and I am too, so we're all looking forward to that," Lipscomb said.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said Costco will create about 150 new jobs.

Plans were first submitted to the city of Cumming last February, and construction crews began to grade the site. In May of 2013, Costco Wholesale received approval by the city for the sale of alcohol at its future facility, but by June, the negotiations were halted when the warehouse store giant told the landowner of the proposed property on Bald Ridge Marina Road it was "terminating the purchase agreement."

News that Costco is going to move forward with its Forsyth County location was welcomed by dozens of Forsyth Herald readers, who shared and commented on a Facebook post.

Kimberly Barnes said she was, "Excited!"

"I hate driving to Windward, and I like that my sales tax dollars will now stay in Forsyth," Barnes wrote.

James Trobaugh said: "Thank goodness, as much as I'm not looking forward to this next to my house, I've really grown tired of looking at the muddy mess that is there now."

The $55 per year membership warehouse club has hundreds of locations worldwide including nearby Alpharetta and Buford.

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    Costco
    January 04, 2014 | 10:43 PM

    So excited as we love to shop at Costco but Windward pky has gotten way to crowded and we don't go as much!! Thank you, jean mccaleb

    Jean mccaleb
    Jasper
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    Costco
    January 04, 2014 | 10:46 PM

    Can't wait!

    Jean mccaleb
    Jasper
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    Costco
    January 05, 2014 | 07:34 AM

    Great news! Glad they worked it out. We'll be regulars there.

    Mike E
    Cumming
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    Costco moving to exit 15
    January 05, 2014 | 12:00 PM

    Thank goodness,finally!We have been waiting for this to happen for a long time.Alpharetta Costco is crowded every day of the week.
    They didn't mention in the article when the store would open? Hopefully by mid-summer.
    Tom M

    Tom mcCaleb
    Big Canoe
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    Costco
    January 06, 2014 | 08:40 PM

    I'm very glad this is back on again! I agree that Windward is way too busy and am excited about another option!


    Lynn Stephens
    Big Canoe, Ga
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    Good & Bad
    January 07, 2014 | 02:47 PM

    Good: Glad to hear this is back on. I actually quit Costco because they were sitting on the fence too long, and I joined BJs. But when I was at BJs yesterday, I silently said to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if Costco ever comes to Cumming." Now if we could just get Trader Joe's here!!!! I will not shop at Whole Foods because it's too pricey. Much the same reason, I don't need Pepe LePew to cut my hair.

    Bad: I'm hoping that Emory Lipscomb is more eager than "anxious" about the building being completed soon. All of us take shortcuts when emailing and texting, but I'm hoping he didn't really mean anxious.

    Marley Kramer
    Cumming
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    Welcome Costco to Cumming GA
    January 08, 2014 | 11:27 AM

    Welcome Costco to Cumming GA. We are excited about the opportunities for jobs and growth. The location is perfect for Lake Lanier and Cumming Fair grounds as well as City of Cumming activities. Forsyth county welcomes you here!!!

    Denise Abruscato Remax Agent
    Cumming GA
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    Costco
    March 30, 2014 | 11:17 PM

    I just find out the new costco in cumming, we love to shop at costco!!!!

    Evely
    Cumming
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    So excited to see Costco in Cumming
    June 07, 2014 | 09:54 AM

    Just bought a house at Lake Lanier and was so excited to see Costco is coming nearby. When is it opening?

    Chantal
    Cumming
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    New Costco in Cumming
    July 17, 2014 | 01:05 PM

    Can't wait for your doors to open..sure is alot closer than Windward..thanks, Costco

    Janet Slaton
    Ellijay
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