Costco opens 17th outlet

Costco has opened its 17th UK outlet, in Milton Keynes, and will shortly announce the location of its 18th store.

Speaking after the opening of the new outlet, Costco UK managing director Frances Ball said he hoped to be able to make an announcement about the next unit before Christmas, and that it would open in late spring/early summer.

Together with the openings at Milton Keynes, and Bristol in June, the new development would bring Costco on-track with it stated aim of opening three depots a year in the UK.

Ball said that Milton Keynes has been a great success with a record-breaking opening, attended by Costco’s founder and president Jim Sinegal.

Prior to the opening Costco’s on-street marketing team had been calling on local independent businesses and he said they had received a fantastic welcome.

While some members from the Watford outlet had transferred across to Milton Keynes, he said it had not affected sales at Watford and the business that was developing at Milton Keynes appeared to be genuinely new.

Ball said the new store had extra emphasis on the needs of caterers with new ranges of food and additional catering equipment.

Other features include an extended bakery, which Ball described as doing “extraordinarily well” and a food court modelled on examples in Costco’s US estate.

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