Countdown to Costco: When Will the Wheaton Store Open?

Keep track of how much time is left until Costco opens at the Wheaton mall.

The Wheaton Costco will open Wednesday, April 10, at the Westfield Wheaton mall.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 8 a.m., according to the mall's marketing director, Ken Buckner.

After the ribbon-cutting, Costco will be open for customers.

Will you be shopping at Costco on the day it opens? Tell us in the comments.

Alicia Betancourt April 05, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Yes. I will shop on opening day, April 10. Looking forward to having a Cost-Co nearby.
Joe Galvagna April 05, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I wish Costco would say Montgomery Co wheaton kiss my ass and not open so all those phony concerns about the gas station can see what profit they lost. Montgomery Co does not deserve Costco they are to stupid to see the forest for the trees. Dumb left wing ass holes. I bet all the gas station protesters will shop I'm Costco what phonies and hipacrets.
Eric S. April 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Ok, dude, I agree that it'd be nice to have the gas station there, but I have two serious problems with your comment. -- Montgomery County already has a Costco in Gaithersburg. That one doesn't have gas either. -- If you think this has anything to do with "left wing" or "right wing" you're so entrenched in the bullshit us vs. them mentality that is promoted by people who want your money that you're missing the forest for the trees. This is entirely a local politics thing, more of a NIMBY issue if you want to pigeon hole things. And if Costco gave us the finger, then the place would probably be filled with something worse like a Super Walmart, which would still make money and you'd still get no gas.
David Becker April 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Through the magic of the internet, I see that you live in a community surrounded by trees and parks with absolutely no commercial property, gas stations, or other encroachments into your neighborhood. The folks who are fighting this gas station are fighting to keep what's left of the clean air and ground water integrity of their community. Sure, you have a county park and a school up the street from you, but how much pollution and noise does that create? How about if a mega-gas station were to be build at Homewood Capital View Park. Would you be happy about that? You're downhill from there and your property is probably on top of the aquifer the percolates through your neighborhood; on it's way to Rock Creek. Imagine the wonderful aroma of dozens of cars idling for hours each day as they wait to purchase gas at a cost that will save them approximately $35 a year. Sounds like a fair exchange to me. I think you and your neighbors should band together to make it happen!
Joe Galvagna April 07, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I wish Costco would just lock the doors and tell Montgomery Co we changed our minds get someone else to save your trashy shopping center. let the hispanics, welfare people an gang members open something there to save Wheaton.
Woodside Park Bob April 07, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I, too, support the proposed Costco gas station in Wheaton; we need all the competition we can get in gas prices. But I think Joe Galvagna's comments are counter-productive to that end. This isn't a liberal vs. conservatives issue. This is NIMBYism using environmental concerns to try to stop the project. I don't think that their environmental arguments hold up very well when the general area is considered. Only so much gas is going to be sold in the area. The proposed Costco gas station in Wheaton would have to be built to the most stringent current environmental protection standards. It undoubtedly would be better in this regard than most if not all of the existing older gas stations in the area. So it would probably be a net benefit environmentally when the broader area is considered -- less gas sold at environmentally questionable stations and more sold at one with the best environmental protections.... a net gain for the environment.
AntonFisher April 07, 2013 at 12:56 PM
David - you freaked Joe out, but thanks for calling him out. Let us see his response. It might be as offensive as his initial post.
wkc torrance April 08, 2013 at 01:43 AM
As someone who also lives in Kensington Heights, and whose house is next to Costco, and in the direct path from all the carcinogens from the idling cars, I am not at all excited by this gas station opening. The Costco station is slated to sell about 12 million gallons annually, with up to 75 vehicles idling in queue at once, up to 20-30 minutes at a time during peak hours, and with 1-6 tanker truck refuels per day. This is a regional fueling depot, not a simple gas station. A housing complex in Fairfax was destroyed by a gas leak: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/11474/crude-awakening Then there are the health risks from idling cars. There are many studies showing how dangerous car exhaust is. Here are a couple of articles with some information on health concerns related to car exhaust: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733504577024000381790904.html?mod=ITP_personaljournal_0 http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/121/21/2331.full.pdf This gas station is bad news. Please help by supporting: http://www.stopcostcogas.org/
John April 08, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Joe -- Since you live in Annapolis, why do you care what happens at a Costco in Wheaton?
MG Kemp Mill April 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
So excited that Costco will open in Wheaton. I also support the gas station, so hopefully that will eventually pan out. The politics in MD and Montgomery County can be very difficult for business - we are cutting off our own sources of income (including taxes) and competition. My family will drive to Arundel Mills or Beltsville for Costco now, so having it in Wheaton is a great bonus for us.
Eric S. April 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Gas, no gas, I'm excited to see the Costco. And to the racist jackass who doesn't even live in the area (internet stalking for GOOD purposes!). . . You know what Costco supports?! That's right, hippy ideas like unions and living wages. I suppose if you're afraid of boogeyman liberals and brown people taking your jobs and your womenfolk, you probably wouldn't like Costco anyway.
The Big Egg April 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM
MoCo is so business-unfriendly these days that I think it will be quite a while before the ribbon would be needed again.
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I just need to say - I love this comment. Awesome.
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Yes; MoCo is soooo business unfriendly. It's why Kohl's opened a new location in Aspen Hill. It's why Dick's Sporting Goods and Costco are/have opened at Wheaton. It's why (ugh) Walmart is exploring options for a location in Aspen Hill near the Home Depot. And it's why Safeway is set to re-open in the new building on Georgia Avenue in Wheaton. ... And that's just the Aspen Hill to Wheaton area for big boxes.
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Yay for Costco finally opening. The only thing I fear is the situation in the surrounding lots and the traffic situation at the entrance near Giant to the mall lot.
Kim de Groot April 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
The original question was whether or not we'd be there shopping tomorrow. Yes, I certainly am! I've been a Wheaton resident almost all my life and am really offended at Joe's comments. Okay, it's not Kensington, and it's not Bethesda, but it's a vibrant, international community where you can find just about any type of ethnic cuisine and the shops to cook for yourself if you want. My parents 50-year-old neighborhood currently has immigrants from Norway, Mexico, Korea, China and has had Germans, Dutch, and too many others to list, all in one block. Trashy Westfield Wheaton? Just because you don't like all the stores doesn't make it trashy. It makes it vibrant. Look at White Flint. Five years ago I would go to White Flint to walk in bad weather, because there were no shoppers to slow me down like there are at Westfield Wheaton. Traffic and congestion are a grave concern in Wheaton. We usually use the Giant entrance to the mall and will have to see how that goes. We expect it won't be good. We have long avoided University Blvd. during rush hour. Wheaton has a lot going for it. If only we could do something with the traffic.
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Costco Gas Man - The issues around Wheaton are not related to MoCo being anti-business. You say look at the old Anchor Inn site. Good idea. Ask the business owners who opened and have closed why they are gone. I'll tell you what nearly all of them will say (and I do so because I've asked) - the location is inconvenient to customers. The metro may be across the street, but most customers to those shops drive (as you said - drive around Wheaton) and the parking situation for the redeveloped Anchor Inn location is a nightmare. No one generating a smart business plan would consider one of those empty storefronts without considerable concessions from the property owner (unless, of course, you are El Pollo Rico). (continued below)
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 04:37 PM
(part 2) The issues in Wheaton, for small businesses are several: 1. the parking situation is broken (see above for Anchor Inn) but also consider parking for places like the Subway on Georgia. 2. shoppers pass up Wheaton for downtown Silver Spring or even as far north as Olney because downtown Wheaton has zero curb appeal. The county exec and council want to redevelop Wheaton - that's great - but before selling new development, the property owners for the existing storefronts and strips on Georgia, University and Viers Mill must do more to present a cohesive, positive community feeling. If the county is at fault for anything, it's for not engaging the owners of the retail and commercial spaces in Wheaton enough to ensure a more positive experience for community residents. If you can't get those within walking distance to stop in, you aren't likely to get those just driving by to try.
DCTECHGUY April 09, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Parking and automobile use is not PC. That is why planners expanded Bethesda Naval and renamed it and held back on parking. That is why the White Flint area will be built up in an "urban" (read automobile-unfriendly) manner. Of course these "smart growth" a*holes figure we will go to Costco and carry all our purchases to the bus or metro. What utter hogwash.
Corbetto April 09, 2013 at 05:49 PM
PC or not, car use for Wheaton is near inevitable at this point. Why? Because, while Wheaton has a metro station, it is on the outer-fewer-trains/less-service portion of the red line. That translates into an inconvenience factor for others that would consider a ride out to Wheaton on the train.
Hope Williard April 09, 2013 at 07:58 PM
We will be there to shop. Wheaton does not need another gas station. There are about 6 in a six block radius.


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