UPDATED — Wichitans have been waiting a long time, but there’s now confirmation from Costco that the company is coming here.
The chain filed a development application to build a new store at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road.
“They’ve put in for their plat approvals,” says John Schlegel, director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department.
“They’re moving on getting things started because the plat would be the first step.”
You can view the plat in detail here.
Costco has no comment, though. A representative says Costco chairman and cofounder Jeff Brotman is the only person authorized to speak for the company. Brotman’s assistant says he’s traveling and can’t comment.
Have You Heard? first reported that Costco was interested in the Beechcraft property in 2012. No one with Costco or Beechcraft would confirm the company’s interest until Beechcraft’s then-CEO Bill Boisture inadvertently confirmed it during an interview with Aviation Week last July. The same day, Aviation Week changed its online story to say a big box store – not Costco – was coming.
The subdivision committee of the Wichita-Segwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved the plat Thursday. It will go before the full commission on Aug. 7. After that, the Wichita City Council must accept any easements or road right of ways before Costco can proceed to build.
It looks like the deal for the Beechcraft space hasn’t closed and may not until all city approvals are finalized.
The Costco confirmation comes as Sam’s Club, a direct competitor, opened its third store in Wichita. The chain already had stores on West Kellogg and on North Rock Road. A new one opened Thursday at 29th and Maize.
Schlegel said Costco’s plat does several things.
“They’re creating a property description, an address (and) showing where the easements will be,” he says. “They have to show where they’re going to make connections to the public utilities, how drainage will work for the site and where they will get access to the adjacent streets.”
Costco’s address will be 9700 E. Kellogg.
Look for more information on the new store soon.