Costco Locations May Look a Bit Different Soon, Starting with This One in L.A.

published Feb 1, 2023
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Costco storefront.
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No one visits a new city and says, “Let me check out the local Costco.” That’s because once you’ve been to one Costco, you’ve been to them all, and you know what you’re walking into — a gaping warehouse space that resembles a Home Depot more than somewhere you might go grocery shopping. But thanks to a newly proposed plan for a Costco location in the Los Angeles area, you may be singing a different tune soon.

Developer Thrive Living announced its proposed plans for a new Costco location in the city’s Crenshaw area. The project is for an 800-unit apartment building with a Costco warehouse on the ground floor. The mixed-use complex will be located in a lot near La Brea Avenue and Coliseum Street.

Credit: Thrive Living

This will be a new move for the big-boxed Washington-based retailer that operates 848 stores globally and whose locations are not exactly design-forward. Though not much has been shared about the layout of Costco’s newest California store, it has been reported that the state-of-the-art location will include two subterranean levels and ground-level parking. And while we’re not sure of the size of the new location, judging by the rendering, it seems like instead of the usual 10,000 foot warehouse ceilings that we’re all used to, this one will be much lower.

Hopefully, if the location is successful, we’ll see more of these popping up. Until then, I’ll be visiting my local Costco because as long as they have these Butter Cinnamon Sugar Loaves (no matter how much they go up in price) and their cherry and cheese pastries, I’ll be OK.