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Costco in Yorktown Heights?

How do people feel about the future Costco location planned for 3200 Crompound Road in Yorktown Heights? For those familiar with the area, the site is just off the Taconic Parkway on the right side of the road right after you drive under the Taconic heading West on 202, toward BJs. If final approval is granted, along with the Costco will be a three-island Costco gas station. Further info can be found here:
http://www.yorktownny.org/planning/co...

Do you think that BJ's will be hard-pressed to stay in business or is there room for both to exist?

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  1. Thrilled!! I also think that although the same they do each have their unique products. I like BJ's for some things and Costco for others.

    1. Interesting question. I won't pay to be a member of both. I shop at BJs once every two weeks for bulk items, some vegetables, coffee, organic milk and cat food. It is not a good deal on most items. Once Costco's opens (2013?-2014?) I will let my membership at BJs lapse, join Costco and then decide which one to patronize.

      1. Wow, I didn't know this. I think it's great. I was a member of BJs back in my diaper-buying days well over a decade ago, but didn't feel it was worth it after that time. I'd definitely join Costco from what I've heard.

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        1. re: DGresh

          I find Costco to be much better than BJ's, although BJ's does have one or two things I prefer. Costco also has excellent meats and a decent store brand.

          1. re: wincountrygirl

            The few times that I have been to Costco, I liked what they had. I am not a member because the Westchester locations are too far away. I am a BJ's member, but will switch to Costco once the Yorktown location opens. I agree that the meats at Costco are superior to BJ's.

        2. I am strongly in favor of this. The closest Costco is 40 minutes away and I suspect it would get people from Putnam, and Dutchess to shop there since there's nothing north of here. Unfortunately, there is a vocal opposition spreading lots of misinformation (and just plain lies) to scare people into opposing it. I don't think the current Yorktown town board is inclined to turn it down, so I hope it will be approved.

          I think BJ's can survive as many people like their deli and there is somewhat of a difference between the two stores.

          1. I had forgotten about this thread. Sadly the Costco is still not approved, there were a number of points (many bogus) that were brought up during the public hearing that needed to be addressed by the applicant. Amusingly, in that time, BJ's opened a new club right down the block from Costco in Brookfield, CT, so clearly they think they can co-exist with them. Oh, and BJ's in Yorktown is about to come to the town board for permission to add their own gas station. Competition is great for the consumer!

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            1. re: MisterBill2

              I heard this too, and it is sad. I am a relatively new Costco devotee and I really hate having to drive all the way down to Yonkers. Yorktown would be so much more convenient. Oh well...

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I rarely go to the Yonkers Costco unless I am in the area. Port Chester is a MUCH nicer store and about as far, at least for me. Or go across the river to Nanuet. Or if you're heading to Fairway in Pelham, go to the Costco in New Rochelle, only a couple of miles away (of course if you go to Nanuet you can go to Fairway as well and their sales are better). Any of them are nicer than Yonkers.

                1. re: MisterBill2

                  And don't forget the Danbury Costco, down the street from Stew's.

                  1. re: Elisa515

                    We're in Goldens Bridge so we go to Danbury. But I'd love it if one opened in Yorktown. Then I can hit Turcos too!! Of course, my guilty pleasure when I do get to Costco is Arby's down the road a bit!

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      They're opening a Chick-Fil-A right down the road from Costco. And that Shoprite is really nice. Of course, given that I live in Yorktown, I would LOVE to have one here. I would probably still have to hit the one in Nanuet or New Rochelle from time to time since they carry kosher meat and I would be surprised if a Yorktown store would (not enough of a Jewish population in the area).

                    2. re: Elisa515

                      Yes, Danbury (actually, Brookfield) is our normal store, but I believe that i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream lives in Ossining, so I figured it was not convenient to her.

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        I'm in Croton, and it's convenient for me sometimes. :)

                    3. re: MisterBill2

                      I've kind of accepted the Yonkers store as a necessary evil. It only takes about 20-25 min for us to get there and we usually have other errands to do down there too. We go very first thing in the morning on Saturday or Sunday with a very organized and focused list and it usually isn't too terrible (made the mistake the first time of going Sunday afternoon and my husband almost went into catatonic shock (he hates crowds :)). I can't see myself going to Danbury, Nanuet or New Rochelle, but maybe I"ll try the Port Chester one this summer.

                      I love Fairway but I only get there every six months or so.

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        The Port Chester Costco is a ghost town compared to the one in Yonkers, especially during weeknights. But traffic can also be bad on busy days with the single entrance/exit point.

                        The only downside with the PC Costco is that it seems it doesn't get to stock all the items that the Yonkers location has.

                        1. re: djca

                          Good to know... it's smaller?

                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                            I don't think the PC Costco is smaller. Maybe it seems that way because it's on two levels with an escalator for your cart). I just looked it up and the PC store is actually bigger - 142k square feet vs. Yonkers at 135k. There may be traffic heading into the PC lot but compared to the parking lot in Yonkers it's not a big deal. If you get down to New Rochelle (which I agree is a schlep), they have their own gas station. So does Nanuet. So will Yorktown, if/when it gets built.

                            And you can go to the Whole Foods in Port Chester and not have to deal with Ridge Hill, if you do that as well.

                  2. re: MisterBill2

                    I happen to know someone who is involved with the approval of this project and what they told me agrees with what you have said. Apparently, there are a number of road improvements that will have to be made in order to insure a smooth traffic flow at that intersection. I also agree with i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream with regard to driving all the way down to Yonkers to get my Costco fix. I really do not like that store at all, especially the weird parking lot.

                    1. re: fragnet

                      Costco and the developer came in saying from the start that they were willing to spend millions of dollars to improve the roads. The opponents said that traffic was terrible and there was no way it could be fixed, even though absolutely nothing had been done to try to fix it for as long as I've lived here (which is 25 years). Only recently did the state improve 202 from just past where Costco wants to be down a couple of miles west (but not far enough) and they did a really nice job. You had people saying that it was going to be an environmental disaster even though what they have there now is even worse and no one is clamoring to have it fixed. People were complaining about the huge gas station even though when a similarly sized Shell station opened a mile down the road a few years ago no one said a thing. So-called "retail experts" said there is no way that BJs and Costco could co-exist and BJ's would go out of business, yet BJ's just opened a new club right down the road from Costco in Brookfield, CT. Opponents in one breath said the traffic from both stores would be terrible and in the next said that BJ's would be sure to close. They complained about the huge trucks that would have to come thru town to stock the store but couldn't explain why no one notices similar trucks stocking BJ's now. They said that crime would be a problem and we might have to hire more police but the police chief told me they get very few calls from BJ's. Oh, and best of all, one delusional person said that if there was an Indian Point emergency, the traffic from Costco would slow down people trying to evacuate (clearly everyone will be shopping for muffins to take with them).

                      In any event, I just heard today that the developer delivered the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to the Planning Board last night, so hopefully things will start moving again. Kudos to Costco for not packing it in and going with plan B.

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        This is a definite...Costco is hiring (mostly within for management) employees for this location.

                        1. re: liza219

                          They do not have approval yet, so it's not definite. They do hope to begin construction in 2015. Would they start hiring before they even have formal approval??

                          Here's the latest article:

                          http://www.youryorktown.com/articlede...

                      2. re: fragnet

                        The parking lot is awful and the store always seems more crowded than Danbury.

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          You're referring to the Yonkers store, right? The employees aren't as friendly, either.

                          1. re: MisterBill2

                            Friendly employees? What are those? lol

                            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                              Costco employees are usually pretty friendly.

                            2. re: MisterBill2

                              Yep

                          2. re: fragnet

                            The parking lot is awful, and the construction is going to continue for a while longer.

                          3. re: MisterBill2

                            Premium has at $3.95. Gallon draws me to New Rochelle. The Costco Amex. card is a great deal too. You can buy a car through COSTCO.