Work to start on Costco store in Rochester

Look for action to ramp up soon on Rochester’s 19th Street as work on the massive new Costco store and latest Kwik Trip kick off.

Two early building permits for the 152,934-square-foot Costco store were filed with the city of Rochester this week and are starting to wend their way through official channels.

For the record, Costco’s complex adds up to more than 3 acres of retail under one roof.

One permit application filed Wednesday listed the value of the Costco project at $17.34 million. By comparison, the structural shell of the Mayo Clinic’s plan to build four additional floors on top of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center is valued at $16.7 million. Another Costco permit filed the same day was for three retaining walls — 375 feet, 140 feet and 160 feet in length — estimated at about $50,000.

Costco’s plans to build in the new commercial development at 19th Street Northwest and West Circle Drive first rolled out in December. Costco has six warehouse stores in Minnesota, all in the Twin Cities area. This will be the first in the southern part of the state.

Kwik Trip’s real estate arm, which is also working on a new convenience store there, is driving the 108-acre project in northwest Rochester.

“It is not our usual method, but we have been developers before,” Kwik Trip’s Hans Zietlow said in 2010. “This is an excellent site, In fact, such a good site we are willing to be developers to make sure we get where we want to be.”

In December, the Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco estimated that it would open the new Rochester store in the fall of 2012. While the land has been prepared, construction of the store and its related gas station has not begun in earnest yet.

Meanwhile, Kwik Trip’s plans for its own new convenience store and gas station, which will stand very near to Costco’s, have also started through the city permit system.

The La Crosse, Wis.-based chain plans to build a 5,770-square-foot station with a car wash. It’s valued at $1.48 million, according to the main building permit.

Costco and Kwik Trip are the only names confirmed for the development. However, the  plan also includes spots for a grocery store, two or three restaurants, a pharmacy, a bank and a future phase for 1.5 million square feet of industrial sites.  (Source: PostBulletin)

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