KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The much anticipated Costco store opens this fall in West Knoxville.
Local managers spoke about the project Friday for the first time.
For months at the corner of Lovell Road and Kingston Pike, the work has been seemingly non-stop, but Costco says it will open November 9.
Managers also say they're not worried about being a little late when it comes to battling for shoppers in West Knoxville. "I don't think it's going to be a problem for Costco, "General Manager Todd Galanti said. "We offer the best possible value to our members and I think the quality of product will speak for itself."
We also asked if Costco would get involved in efforts to bring wine into grocery stores. Here's what they said. "Costco does not have a take on that. We will have wine and liquor in our outside liquor store that's run by an different vendor."
Traffic congestion concerns have been raised about the area. Managers say there will be three entrances and exits, two of which have lights.
The store is looking to hire 125 new workers. They will start at $11 an hour.
Costco also says it plans to transfer 50 existing staff to Knoxville to help make sure the store opens smoothly.
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