Costco opens petrol station ahead of official store opening in August

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<em>PA via Reuters</em>
PA via Reuters
Here's the latest news on the Costco New Zealand opening.

Costco New Zealand has officially begun trading, after opening its petrol station in Auckland’s Westgate on Wednesday morning.

Motorists were already queing to get their discounted fuel, currently priced at $2.49 for unleaded 91.

After Costco’s recent announcement of an expansion in Aotearoa, many Kiwis have been wondering when will Costco open in New Zealand?

Construction of the store is still underway, scheduled to open in August. Media were invited for a look inside the mega store, located in Westgate, Auckland.

“So there is 3 hectares of car parking above the warehouse floor and there’s 1.4 hectares of retail floor, typically they’ll have a site that’s 7 hectares, we’ve only got three hectares, so we’ve had to make it up by putting cars on the roof,” said Costco New Zealand managing director, Kim Barrett.

The multi-billion-dollar global retailer announced in June 2019 they would be opening their first-ever Costco in New Zealand.

While the global pandemic put a delay on plans, the retail giant, known for their discount prices, have still gone ahead with their New Zealand opening.

In late March 2022, customers were seen queuing for hours outside the Costco New Zealand store in Westgate, Auckland to get their hands on a membership. Costco’s discount products and fuel are only available to members, who pay an annual fee of $60.

Costco memberships can be purchased from a temporary office at 15 Kakano Road Westgate, Auckland.

So when will Costco open in New Zealand?

The latest announcement from Costco Wholesale puts the opening date for their first New Zealand store in August 2022. In early 2021, the company began recruiting staff members, advertising positions on their website.

The company, which already operate across Australia, has yet to announce a specific August date for their New Zealand opening.

We do however know where in the country the first Costco store will be.

Auckland’s Westgate mall will be the location for Costco New Zealand’s $100m mega store. The store is expected to cover three floors, with a petrol station attached.

Customers can expect Costco’s full offering, including groceries, homewares, liquor, optometrist and food court.

Managing Director of Costco Wholesale Australia, Patrick Noone, says the company is excited for the job opportunities and economic growth the new opening will offer for Auckland.

“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,” says Noone.

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