FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is pleased to announce Costco Wholesale Corporation is considering a membership warehouse retail store in east Springfield. Costco operates membership warehouses that carry quality brand name merchandise at discounted prices.
Costco warehouses offer a large category of selections under a single roof. Categories range from groceries and appliances to optical and travel services. Members can also shop for private label Kirkland Signature products, including juice, coffee, cookies, housewares, luggage, clothing and detergent.
“I’m pleased to announce and also confirm the rumors are true that Costco Wholesale Corporation is considering a membership warehouse retail store in Springfield,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “We are so pleased to welcome Costco to our community. We know that there has been a strong interest from our citizens for this store and, in fact, that some Springfieldians drive the 150 miles to get to the nearest Costco. I am positive that Costco will expand our retail base, bringing new customers to Springfield who will surely shop elsewhere while they’re in town. In addition, Costco has a reputation for being a quality employer, offering some of the highest retail wages and a robust benefits package.”
Costco expects to hire a minimum of 125 people in Springfield – a figure that could rise well above 200 because the company’s model is for employment to grow as sales grow. The average hourly rate of pay for Costco employees is $25.50. A full-time cashier’s annual salary after five years is $52,944. Costco also provides a benefit package including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, mental health, life insurance, disability, long-term care, employee assistance program, flexible spending accounts, employee stock purchase program, 11 holidays per year, college student retention program and free Costco membership with 2% reward and 401(k). Part-time employees working more than 23 hours per week receive core medical, dental and vacation benefits after six months.
Costco is committed to giving back to the communities in which they do business, donating 1% of pre-tax profit to local charitable organizations. The company also participates in many philanthropic programs corporately and at the warehouse level and employees are given several volunteer opportunities and encouraged to be involved in the community.
On June 4 the Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a preliminary plat for Kirkland Commons as well as a Final Development Plan for Planned Development 298, the first steps in the development of the Costco site, generally located south of Chestnut Expressway at Eastgate and Hwy 65. In order to provide an adequate building site for Costco, Eastgate south of Chestnut Expressway will need to be relocated and other street and stormwater improvements are required.
At its June 1 meeting, City Council will consider an ordinance authorizing an access and infrastructure agreement for the required public improvements, which are anticipated to cost $4.8 million. Costco will pay for these improvements and the City will reimburse Costco using a portion of the local sales taxes generated by their facility. This agreement will reimburse Costco using one-half of the 1-cent general sales tax, 1/4-cent capital improvements sales tax and 1/8-cent transportation sales tax. The agreement has a term not to exceed 15 years, however, it is anticipated that reimbursement will occur earlier. In any event, any expenditures not reimbursed at the end of 15 years will be the developer’s responsibility. The City will pay the developer interest on the unpaid balance at a rate of 5%.
If things progress as planned, Costco would break ground in spring 2021 and open in fall 2021.
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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]v or Mary Lilly Smith, Director of Planning & Development, at 417-864-1094 or [email protected]