Weather prevents spring Costco opening; summer completion now projectedBy ANTHONY WARREN,
The Ridgeland Costco likely has been slowed down due to inclement weather, meaning the store will likely be opened this summer, rather than the spring.
“We expect a summer opening for both the warehouse and the gas (station),” said Dave Messner, senior vice president of real estate with Costco Wholesale. “The developer is currently preparing our site.”
The store will be located on the south side of a roughly 45-acre site along Highland Colony Parkway.
Dirt work on the project was under way last year, but work was likely hampered because of heavy rain.
Last summer, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee said he expected the store to be welcoming customers by spring, weather pending.
“I heard the first quarter of 2019, but as you know, everything is weather-dependent,” he said.
That was in August, since then, the metro area has been inundated by water. According to the National Weather Service, Jackson had its fifth-wettest fall on record, with 18.89 inches of rain reported.
Further, the month of September was the sixth-wettest on record, with 9.49 inches of rain, while the month of November was the ninth-wettest, with 8.36 inches, weather service figures show.
If the weather holds out, construction on the 150,000-square foot store will take relatively little time.
American Builders Quarterly reports that “new (Costco) warehouses open for business 110 days after the building pad it’s ready, which is remarkably fast for the industry.”
The store will be built by Hemphill Construction. It is being developed by Andrew Mattiace and H.C. Bailey and will be the anchor of the third phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park.
The development is located on Highland Colony south of the Old Agency Road roundabout, next to Christ Life Church of the Highlands.
The Costco gas station will be located across the street from the center, on property zoned C-3 commercial.
Mattiace couldn’t be reached for comment.