Costco opening in Sarasota Florida has been long overdue. There is a lot of buzz about this in the community but details are coming out very slowly. Here is what we do know. The old Dillards space will be torn down and the new 145,000 square foot Costco will replace it. Rumors are that they want to add a gas station. We will have to wait and see how the Palmer Ranch community feels about this. My guess is that we will not see much controversy about this since it will be located on the outer edge of Palmer Ranch. Convenient gas stations are lacking in the southern area of Palmer Ranch so this might be a welcome site. Apparently, the new Costco in Sarasota will be bringing with it some 400+ jobs which will be some relief to many searching for employment. If you are looking for a home to purchase in the Palmer Ranch area, please visit this direct link that will take you to all Palmer Ranch Listings. Please subscribe to this blog so you can check back for more information!
(PRNewswire) LOS ANGELES and ISSAQUAH, Wash., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Westfield Group and Costco Wholesale Corporation today announced a multiple site agreement for the addition of Costco stores at Westfield centers in three U.S. markets: Los Angeles, California; Sarasota, Florida and Wheaton, Maryland.
"In Sarasota, Florida, a former department store site will be redeveloped to house an approximately 145,000 square foot Costco at Westfield Sarasota Square. This would be Costco's first location in a wide expanse along Florida's Gulf Coast stretching across Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. Currently, the nearest Costco warehouse clubs to Sarasota are located over 40 miles away. Westfield Sarasota Square is a 900,000+ square foot regional shopping center currently anchored by JCPenney, Macy's, and Sears, along with a diverse mix of more than 130 shops and restaurants. The center is sited at the corner of U.S. Route 41 and Beneva Road, in close proximity to the 10,000 acre Palmer Ranch residential development as well as popular gulf beaches and tourist destinations.
"Costco's commitment to Sarasota County and Westfield Sarasota Square not only means that this area will benefit economically from one of the nation's top retail businesses, but will also benefit from Costco's well known commitment to sustainable business practices, thus supporting the values that Sarasota County government advocates and engages in. The addition of Costco to this market's economy clearly demonstrates Westfield's value as a corporate citizen and community business partner, and continues Westfield's success in reinvesting in its Florida business centers," said Joseph Barbetta, Chairman of the Board of the Sarasota County Commission.