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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Opening expected in fall

Associated Press

LIHU'E, Hawai'i — Costco Wholesale Corp. has won approval to build a warehouse store and gas station on Kaua'i.

Customers make their way to the checkout line at Costco in South San Francisco. With a planned Kaua'i store, the retailer will soon have warehouses and gas stations on Hawai'i's four major islands.

Eric Risberg | Associated Press

The Kaua'i Planning Commission on Tuesday approved zoning permits allowing the big-box retailer to build a 150,000 square-foot store on a 15-acre site near The Home Depot at Kukui Grove Village West.

The Issaquah, Wash.-based retailer, which is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings today, must make traffic improvements as a condition for the permits. The plan also must be approved by the state and county transportation departments.

The company will be required to provide outside lighting that minimizes impact on seabirds, and follow a landscaping plan that uses native plants.

Costco officials have said they hope to have the warehouse and gas station open for business this fall.

With the Kaua'i store, Costco will have warehouses and gas stations on Hawai'i's four major islands.

Costco has three warehouse stores and two gas stations on O'ahu, one on Maui, and a store and gas station on the Big Island in Kailua, Kona. The company recently announced plans for a gas station at the Kahului store on Maui.

Costco's gas prices are typically 10 percent lower than other retailers.