US supermarket giant Costco headed to WA with $55m development planned for Perth Airport

A Costco storefront  California. Picture: Getty Images
A Costco storefront California. Picture: Getty Images

US supermarket giant Costco is headed to WA, with a $55 million development planned for Perth Airport.

The 14,000sq m warehouse in the airport precinct would be more than three times the size of a normal supermarket and would feature an additional petrol station, optical centre, hearing aid centre and tyre centre.

If planning approval is granted, construction would start next year ahead of a 2020 opening.

Costco is a membership warehouse which offers quality products at reduced prices, with customers able to purchase everything from fresh food and white goods to jewellery and watches.

Perth Airport chief corporate services officer Debra Blaskett said Costco would become a major player in the Perth shopping market.

“Costco needed somewhere that could provide space for their warehouse with connectivity to freight routes and still be close and accessible to the shopping public from across Perth,” she said.

“Perth Airport ticked all those boxes. The new Costco will be just off Tonkin Highway, adjacent to the new DFO and close to the new Redcliffe rail station.”

Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone said they were excited to finally find a home in Perth and promised they were planning on shaking up the market.

“We are going to change Perth’s retail habits; it’s not a shopping trip to Costco, it’s a shopping experience,” he said.

“Perth Airport is the obvious place for us to invest, given its proximity to the CBD, the great transport links, and the way it is growing into a consumer-focussed retail hub.”

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