Costco is gearing up for a late July opening for its west Little Rock location, Arkansas Money & Politics has learned.
A company representative confirmed to AMP that Costco is set to open the Little Rock store on July 26. This substantiates previous reports dating back to April 2020 that Costco was eyeing a July opening.
This marks Costco’s first move into the Arkansas market, the home state of mega-retailer Walmart. Arkansas is one of only five states currently without a Costco warehouse in state, including Maine, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Already, the membership-only retail company is advertising for job openings for the store. On the corporate Costco website, there are openings for multiple positions, including baker, bakery department sanitation assistant, bakery wrapper, cake decorator, cashier, cashier assistant, food service assistant, forklift driver, inventory auditor, licensed hearing aid dispenser, licensed optician, maintenance assistant, meat cutter, meat department sanitation assistant, meat wrapper, membership assistant, membership refund cashier, non-licensed hearing aid attendant, non-licensed optician, outsider marketer, payroll clerk, registered pharmacist, pharmacy manager, pharmacy sales assistant, pharmacy technician, receiving clerk, TRV clerk, senior hearing aid specialist, service deli assistant, skilled maintenance, stocker, tire installer, and tire sales assistant.
Currently, the Little Rock store is one of two grand openings scheduled for Costco. The other grand opening is set to be held in Moore, Okla.
Based on concept designs by Seattle, Wash.-based architecture firm MG2, the Costco building will sit on a 31.81 acre site, and the store itself will occupy 21.22 acres. The building concept designs list the building as having a total square footage of 165,153 square feet, which includes 155,580 square feet of warehouse space; 3,950 square feet for liquor sales; and 5,623 square feet for a vestibule. The designs also list 741 parking spots with 724 regular spots and 17 handicap accessible spots.
Construction is still ongoing at the site, which is located at 16901 Chenal Parkway.