Costco grand opening slated for Nov. 25

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By Bob Uphues


North Riverside's mayor announced Monday that Costco has moved up its official opening date by a day. The retail warehouse will now officially open its doors to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, said Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr.

The store will hold a VIP event on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p. m.

The Costco warehouse is under construction at the corner of 26th Street and Harlem Avenue on land that was formerly home to the Edward Don Company. When it goes online in November, Costco is expected to become the village's biggest sales tax revenue producer.

Costco in March purchased 16 acres of the Edward Don site from a real estate partnership for $5.5 million and broke ground on the new facility in July.

Four acres of land fronting Harlem Avenue are still owned by the real estate partnership and will be divided into four outlots. To date, no leases have been signed for any of the outlots, though the Red Robin burger chain is reportedly interested in one of the parcels.

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Chuck Warczak from Las Vegas, Nevada  

Posted: November 4th, 2013 6:23 PM

I am a former resident of LaGrange Park (albeit many, many years)....COSCO has much more than food....great bargains on cleaning items, vitamins, televisions and electronics....I could go on and on....I live a few blocks from one (Oh, yeah...cheapest gas in all of LV)....If they will sell Liquor like ours does...Grey Goose about $20 cheaper and wait until you see the wine selection.....O yes, they have a great selection of software, books and office supplies

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 4th, 2013 5:14 PM

Because Richard animals cant speak for themselves and employees have a lot of recourse.

Paul Eberhardt  

Posted: November 4th, 2013 10:42 AM

I was surprised to learn that Costco really makes all of its money from the membership fees. The sales are about break-even. I think that makes me feel better about shopping there.

Richard Derr from La Grange Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 7:45 PM

Mark, it would be slander (technically libel) only if it were not true. I don't think Rita has made any untrue statements here. I'm surprised to see how you feel about the way your fellow human beings are treated by an employer after the way you went to bat for circus elephants a few weeks ago. Why would you care how the pachys are treated as long as they entertain you? As for me, I don't shop anywhere that charges me a fee in order to spend my money. I don't spend enough so that the possible savings would make up for the membership fee. For those who can realize a saving, good for you no matter where you shop!

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 12:16 PM

I go to a store to save money and I could care less how the company treats their staff as long as they treat me right and they always do.

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 12:14 PM

now who is rude and condescending Rita. this are my opinions as based on the facts I have . so please stop slandering me.

Rita Kuzmenko from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 10:26 PM

The failed logic of Mark's "opinions" finally is explained. "this site is for opinions not really facts." Can you show me where in the comment policy that is written?. That completely explains all of your posts. How can a person form an intelligent opinion unless they have researched facts to form their opinion on? Without facts, you don't have an opinion, you have a bunch of hot air.

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 7:31 PM

i didn't know that Lg, Panasonic. and Vizio were off brands. sounds like you work for Costco.this site is for opinions not really facts.

Jeff Dale  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 5:22 PM

Opinions are just opinions. Here are some facts. Most Costco's are not Union. Not 1 union Costco in Illinois, I believe. I understand it's hard to imagine a retailer paying someone a living wage. But Costco runs a very tight ship. Less happy employees vs more unhappy low wage employees. Costco also makes less profit on what they sell. But sell more per sqft than Sam's. Yes Costco is more expensive on some items. They don't sell off brand TVs and electronics like Sam's, so that's more expensive. On food items. Well, let the internet do the math (nearly identical):

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 3:44 PM

i don't go to Costco because they are union and that's the reason I go to sams and walmart where the selection and prices are better. that's one mans opinion and respect all your opinions too,

Rita Kuzmenko from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 1:37 PM

<p>Costco not only has better products, but treats their employees much better as well. Costco is not only a great addition for shoppers, but a great employer as well</P <p> Mark, explain exactly HOW it is that Sams is "better"? The quality of products isn't better, their treatment of employees is horrid, which causes a huge turnover and lack of employee dedication and pride. You get what you pay for, and when you opt for "cheap" you often end up paying more in the long run. </p> <p> I apologize if you can see my html, I am trying every trick I can think of to get the paragraphs to break. It would be so nice if these comment boxes allowed even the minimum of formatting.</p>

Jeff Dale  

Posted: November 1st, 2013 9:30 AM

Mark is mostly wrong. Sam's might be cheaper, in some cases, but the quality at Costco is a better buy. Especially house brands. For a major brand to get a Kirkland version takes a lot of work. More than just 'club sizes' and 'make it look like food.' If you don't know Costco, I'd suggest doing some research. They feed my household, and compelled me to post here.

H. Bob Demopoulos from North Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: October 31st, 2013 10:41 PM

@ Mark, You're so wrong!

Mark Roegner from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: October 31st, 2013 8:58 PM

Sams in much better and cheaper

Michelle Scott from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: October 31st, 2013 3:29 PM

@Terrence: Maybe you've never been to Costco. We go there to buy organic produce, organic milk, organic eggs, and grass-fed beef. And Costco is so much better for the local economy and its workers than most big box stores...

H. Bob Demopoulos from North Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 12:25 AM

Yes, they are.

Terrence Hemstreet from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 10:38 PM

Oh boy, another big box full of card board; packaged food; big boxes of processed food full of high fruotose corn sugar; fat and preservatives from near and far! A nightmare for most Anericans!

Angie Kandyba Roll from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 8:57 PM

Are they doing any hiring yet.

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