Costco sets August ribbon-cutting



CUMMING, Ga. — The much anticipated opening of Costco Wholesale now has set a ribbon-cutting date.

The ceremony for the Costco Wholesale on the northeast corner of Bald Ridge Marina and Market Place Boulevard off Ga. 400 at exit 15 in Cumming is taking place at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 29.

“Costco’s newest location in Cumming is a tremendous addition to our local economy,” said James McCoy, president and CEO of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “Their new facility will generate new jobs and capital investment, while contributing revenue to our local tax digest.

“The City of Cumming has done an outstanding job of attracting Costco to our community,” McCoy said. “We anticipate that their presence will facilitate the recruitment of additional retail establishments along the Bald Ridge Marina corridor.”

The 148,000-square-foot facility will have about 650 parking spaces, a tire center, liquor store and a gasoline station.

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

News that Costco was finally going to open its Cumming location was welcomed by hundreds of Forsyth Herald Facebook readers, who shared and commented on the post.

Cumming resident Todd Brown said the new store “will cut my gas bill down,” by not having to drive to Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.

The retailer went through a little bit of controversy this month when it removed, then put back on the shelves, the book “America: Imagine a World Without Her” by conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza.

Many, including conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, had protested the decision and said they believed the book was taken out of stores because Costco co-founders Jim Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman are supporters of President Obama. (Both held fundraisers at each of their houses in 2012, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

The company stated that “Costco is not a bookstore. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying.”

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

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