Costco membership warehouse will open its doors for the first time in Oklahoma tomorrow at 8 a.m. The new building is 140,000 square-feet and is located on the corner of Memorial Drive and 103rd Street.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of Tulsa,” said Warehouse Manager Greg Barnhart.
Tulsans previously had to drive about 190 miles northwest of Wichita, Kansas to shop at a Costco store.
“They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market,” Barnhart said. “We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”
Costco representatives were on campus last month promoting the store and selling memberships. They said prices range from $55 to $110 a year. Basic memberships are $55 and entitle the owner to a year of shopping at the warehouse. Businesses and more frequent users can pay $110 for an executive membership offering a two percent return on purchases and other benefits. Students and faculty won’t receive special discounts on memberships.
Costco has 83 million members worldwide and its services are designed for everyone.
The Tulsa Costco will offer brand name and Costco-label merchandise at lower prices. Costco says it helps busi- nesses save money on supplies and on items for resale, provides a wide range of products and services for personal use as well.
“I’ve heard it’s really nice, and that it’s like the Target of Sam’s. The membership price seems pretty cheap, I’m excited to see what’s there,” said freshman Kendall Helton.
Costco will have a variety of specialty departments including a gas station, bakery, produce, deli, photo center, pharmacy, tire center and food court.
Roger Bush, director of the Communication Arts and Media facilities, said he and his wife recently signed up for a membership and he’s glad Costco has arrived to give Sam’s Club competition.
“The employees told me the quality of their merchandise is better, at a lower price than Sam’s, and they said they treat their employees better,” said Bush.
Costco is also offering employment opportunities for students seeking a job. The company has been recognized throughout nationally for providing its employees with the highest wages in the industry and for its ethical business practices. Visit costco.com to apply.
Story by Jenny Young, Photo by Jeremy Luczak