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Lake Stevens adds Costco to Retail Fold
Kirkland-based wholesale giant breaks ground on its Lake Stevens store
Construction is underway at the new Costco site off 20th and SR-9 near Cavelero Mid High with the Kirkland-based wholesale behemoth Target-ing (pun intended) a Thanksgiving 2022 grand opening.
In addition to ease of shopping and cheap hot dogs, the 160,000 square foot store is likely to generate up to 200 full time jobs at an average rate of $24 bucks an hour.
Developers broke ground on the project earlier this Summer, after years of speculation surrounding the future of the large commercial-zoned lot located at the nexus of Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Everett.
The City Council cleared the way for shovels to strike dirt earlier in the summer, approving the project and an associated $3.81 million purchase and sale agreement with the Costco June 8.
The project gained unanimous approval of the voting members of the City Council. Interestingly, one member abstained from casting a vote.
City Councilman Marcus Tageant witheld held his vote on the project, as he has on all Costco-related matters, citing a conflict of interest. Tageant is a real estate agent for Task Properties, and has maintained that he can neither confirm or deny his involvement in the sale due to non-disclosure agreements. The Herald previously reported that several commercial For Sale signs bearing Tageant’s name were seen in the vicinity of the development. Insert hmmm emoji here.
That said, the same Herald also reported that Lake Stevens residents were “mourning” the loss of “thousands” of trees at the Costco development site. As if the corner of SR-9 and 20th is some sort of nature preserve. It’s our opinion that many more area residents are celebrating the advent of cheap groceries and hundreds of family-wage paying full time jobs. Comment below with your opinion...