Global bulk discount retailer, Costco, has announced that it is coming to Westgate, New Zealand. Costco has worked with NZRPG and secured a site at Westgate in Auckland’s North West.
Costco is the world’s second-largest retailer, founded in the USA and having almost 800 warehouses worldwide.
The warehouse in the Westgate Town Centre will offer the global super chain’s full format. This includes a Costco fuel station, tyre centre, food court, optometrist, hearing aid services along with groceries and homewares.
The Westgate Costco warehouse will be approximately 14,000sqm and provide over 800 carparks. The new warehouse will create an estimated 350 new full-time equivalent jobs for the North West Auckland community.
Costco has already commenced the construction of the warehouse and plans to open in 2022.
The site is located within the Westgate Town Centre. This has been developed by NZRPG over the last twenty years. Westgate is at the heart of the transformation of Auckland’s Northwest with Costco set to complement existing and future developments.
NZRPG General Manager Campbell Barbour, said “having Costco identify Westgate as the right place for it to establish in New Zealand is a real coup for the Town Centre, our company, and the community”.
“A global retailer of this scale and influence added to the ongoing development of the offer at Westgate cements the town as one of the key retail locations in Auckland.”
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the launch of the world-leading retailer at Westgate further establishes Auckland as a growing international city.
“Auckland Council has identified Westgate as a key metropolitan area and invested significantly in its development, helping to attract international brands that give Aucklanders retail choice and creating hundreds of local jobs.
“The introduction of Costco will complement the growing number of services offered at Westgate, including a town square, library and open space,” Phil Goff said.
Waitakere Councillor Linda Cooper also welcomes the arrival of Costco to the area. “Development in Westgate dates back to Waitakere City Council so it’s really pleasing to see this planning coming to fruition and benefitting the West– total public and private investment to date is estimated at nearly $1 billion.
“Costco’s launch will further contribute to the unique Westgate mix of considerable retail options.”
Costco Wholesale Australia Managing Director Patrick Noone has been with Costco for 28 years and said that the company was very pleased to have found such an ideal site for its New Zealand launch.
Mr Noone said Costco’s Westgate warehouse announcement marks another significant milestone for the company, reinforcing the company’s continued global expansion.
“Our member’s choose to shop with us because they know that they are going to get the highest quality products at the best possible price. Members are also able to buy everything from fresh food and electronics to clothing and cleaning supplies, all in one warehouse. There is also the added value of our specialty departments, such as our optical centre, hearing aid centre, tyre centre and fuel station.”
“Costco is very excited to open our first warehouse in New Zealand and to be a part of this community. We feel Westgate is the perfect location for us, and we look forward to being an integral part of the growth in Auckland.”