Costco is taking another step toward potentially building in Bismarck.
The company has submitted a site plan for a 157,400-square-foot facility in north Bismarck along Highway 83 and 57th Avenue Northeast.
Costco submitted the plan in June, said Will Hutchings, a city planner who reviewed the request. The city’s planning division considered whether the plan met zoning and building requirements and will assess its traffic impacts during a review.
The site review is the first step to obtain a building permit. Costco has not yet submitted building plans, Hutchings said.
Costco in June received a special use permit from the city to operate a fueling facility on land between 57th Avenue and Brookside Lane, between Walmart and Memory Fireworks.
The land for the entire site needs to be annexed by the city. City staff will present an overview of the annexation request during Bismarck City Commission meetings on July 23 and Aug. 13. During the second meeting, city commissioners will hold a final public hearing and vote on whether to annex the land.
Costco has not announced a full commitment to build a warehouse in Bismarck. The Washington-state based retailer did not immediately respond to email requests on Friday seeking comment. Bismarck is still not listed under “locations coming soon” on the company’s website.
Costco is a worldwide store that has merchandise and specialty departments exclusively for members. The company operates nearly 800 stores, with the majority in the U.S. and Canada. The closest to Bismarck is in West Fargo.
Bismarck Mandan Development Association President Brian Ritter said whenever a large shopping retailer like Costco is attempting to move in, it is important for residents to consider how it could make the city a shopping destination for people from a large region.
“It’s not just residents of Bismarck and Mandan that are shopping in our stores, staying in our hotels and eating at our restaurants; there are people from all over the Upper Midwest,” Ritter said. “North and South Dakota, Eastern Montana, west of North Dakota, all using Bismarck and Mandan as a retail hub.”