Costco prepares to open in Farragut

Costco prepares to open in Farragut

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The store is expected to bring in 5,000 to 7,000 more shoppers to the area per day. The store is expected to bring in 5,000 to 7,000 more shoppers to the area per day.
Construction crews are working to finish with just a few weeks left. Construction crews are working to finish with just a few weeks left.
A 16-pump gas station will open at the location first. It is anticipated to offer service as soon as mid-October. A 16-pump gas station will open at the location first. It is anticipated to offer service as soon as mid-October.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) – A new Costco store is scheduled to open in Farragut on November 9. The store is located near the intersection of Lovell Road and Kingston Pike.

At the store site, some of the last nails are being hammered into place and construction crews are working to finish with just a few weeks left.

The store is expected to bring in 5,000 to 7,000 more shoppers to the area per day.

"It's a big win for the town of Farragut," said Tim Williams, who is on the board of the Farragut Chamber of Commerce. He also runs Matlock Tire, located just across the street from Costco.

Williams says he isn't worried about the added competition, but has renovated the storefront in anticipation of Costco's arrival.

His primary worry is traffic.

"We've always been behind the curve handling traffic in this area," Williams said. "That's going to be the biggest thing to affect us locally."

In the meantime, Costco staff have been recruiting new members in local neighborhoods.

"We want everyone to know that our members get the lowest price out there," said Costco Manager Todd Galanti.

Melissa VanDyke, who lives in the area, said she plans to become a member.

"My sister in California goes to Costco. She won't go to any other store. She loves it," VanDyke said. "She buys everything in bulk. She can't believe we don't have one already."

A 16-pump gas station will open at the location first. It is anticipated to offer service as soon as mid-October.

The public can sign up to become Costco members at a trailer located near the new store's entrance.

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