Costco considers south-side store

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:00 pm

City officials met recently with representatives from Costco Wholesale about the company’s interest in building a warehouse store on the south side of Santa Fe.

No application, development plan or permit request has been filed by the Issaquah, Wash.- based Costco, but representatives did meet with Santa Fe officials about a month or so ago, said city Land Use Director Matthew O’Reilly.

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  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 9:08 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Rod Oldehoeft Posts: 68

    Bring it! I do not patronize Walmart or Sam's Club because they treat their employees so badly. I will buy into a Costco in a NY Minute, because the difference in that regard is striking.

  • simon brackley posted at 2:08 pm on Wed, Apr 9, 2014.

    ChamberSimon Posts: 52


  • Rachel Cogent posted at 8:19 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2014.

    Gnarlodious Posts: 24

    How about a mini-Costco in Baillo’s?

  • Dominic Montoya posted at 10:18 am on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 158

    Here is to hoping that Santa Fe’s leadership will not try and block this business from opening if they actually do decide to initiate the process of opening up shop in our great city. Too often, we have witnessed Santa Fe’s leadership make businesses jump through hoop after hoop before they can actually open their doors to the public. I hope Costco is willing to deal with the individuals who believe that Mom & Pop Shops should continue to receive favorable treatment at the expense of the economic growth of our entire city. Mom & Pop Shops should continue to provide superior products/services to keep their current level of business and perhaps grow their businesses in the future. With Santa Fe’s current economic outlook, it is apparent that we can no longer be choosers! If a business wants to open up in our city, they should have a fairly easy time opening their doors to the public. Costco will also have to deal with the lunatics who believe they shouldn’t be allowed to sell alcohol. Newsflash to those lunatics, there are laws on the books already that deal with DWI and alcohol related crime. If you have an issue with alcohol related crime and how it is handled in this city, then voice your concerns to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. A potential business should not be held accountable for the irresponsible acts of a few individuals along with the failures of our law enforcement agencies.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:58 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3133

    Thanks for the additional info.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:57 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3133

    Thanks for the additional info. I'll have to seek out The Costco Story.

  • david jaderlund posted at 12:59 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    davidj Posts: 2

    Bring it on Costco! You'll have my business, which I'd love to take away from Sam's.
    Santa Fe needs a quality wholesale club, the Albertson's , Smith's and Whole Foods could also use the competition.
    The end result will be a positive for Santa Fe.
    Jobs, quality merchandise, and savings.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 2:53 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 836

    All of the above, Pierce, plus employee retirement and more. There's a documentary called The Costco Story. You might be able to find/view it online. One thing that doesn't cut in to the employee's compensation is the CEO/Founder's salary. Last I heard it was something like $350,000/year, compared to the millions upon millions the WalMart Waltons pay themselves. Look up, "Richest woman in the world", and see who comes up, none other than the Walton daughter. Several times when I've been there, I've asked the person at checkout if they like working there. They all love it..

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:28 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3133

    Several posters have commented that Costco treats their employees better than WalMart/Sam's. I've hears that generalization before, but I don't recall ever hearing any specifics Anybody got any details (or links to details) on that? What is it that Costco does specifically better for their employees? Is it better starting wages, or faster promotions? Is it more hours, or better insurance benefits?


  • John Stevens posted at 2:17 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    StevenP Posts: 1

    How does $11.50 an hour to start sound? Entry level pushing carts...With raises every 1040 hours to top out at $21.35?

    That's just the "service assistant" lower scale.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:10 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 1314

    Spot on, Ed.

    Plus, we already have Big Box, Inc, in Santa Fe. Let's now have a choice, which is what free enterprise, after all, is about.

    I always wondered why Costco didn't open up a store in Fanta Se instead of having three in Albuquerque and none up in the City Different.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:06 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 1314


  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 1:02 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 640

    Bring it on! People will have a choice where to work and where to shop. From what I've heard, they do pay better and treat their employees more fairly than Sam's or Wal-Mart.

    Now if we could just get someone to consider building right inside the Santa Fe county line, say I-25 at 290? The county could get business from the folks in the Lamy, Eldorado, El Gancho,Pecos areas and beyond.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:34 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3133

    As far as I know, WalMart and Sam's Club pay the $10.66 Living Wage to their entry level workers here in Santa Fe. Is there any evidence that Costco will be paying more?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:25 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1843

    Great news!!! Hope it happens.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1165


  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 8:55 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 836

    Haha!! Good point! WalMart emplyees shopping at Costco!

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 8:54 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 836

    Yes, we do need it and we do want it! I will not and do not shop at Sam's because of their business "ethics", and the way they treat employees. If you, or anybody else, wants to go on supporting that, fine. But we need another choice in SF. Costco is one of the best employers in the country. Compare that to WalMart/Sams, which is one of the worst. Time to start crowding them out!

  • Ed Campbell posted at 6:10 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Ed Campbell Posts: 75

    Maybe your personal economics don't need Costco; but, unemployed workers - and those working for mediocre wages at places like Walmart - should be ecstatic. Costco is considered to be one of the most advanced employers in the country - putting the lie to all the phony agitprop from the Republican/Tea Party/Koch Bros/Chamber of Commerce royalty about cheapskate wages and benefits necessary for successful retail.

  • Anita Morris posted at 6:08 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Anita Morris Posts: 13

    It's about time!!!!

  • Chris M posted at 1:15 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    ChMtz Posts: 1

    Costco is a great store .. Gladly they are considering Santa Fe!....

  • Gail Larson posted at 10:21 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    Casper Posts: 23

    NOOOOO COSTCO!!!!!! We don't need it, we don't want it.......we are willing to drive to ABQ. if we need to save .60 on a twelve pack of toilet paper. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!


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