Costco concept design (Courtesy of MG2)

Costco is planning to open its first store in Arkansas.


According to a Fox-16 report, Little Rock city officials have confirmed that the budget retailer is looking to add a store in Little Rock. The proposed site is at Chenal Parkway and Kirk Road, west of a Kroger grocery store and a Starbucks.


There is some information on what the new Costco store will look like, based on concept designs by Seattle, Wash.-based architecture firm MG2. The building will sit on a 31.81 acre site, and the store itself will occupy 21.22 acres.


The building concept designs list the building as having a total square footage of 165,153 square feet, which includes 155,580 square feet of warehouse space; 3,950 square feet for liquor sales; and 5,623 square feet for a vestibule. The designs also list 741 parking spots with 724 regular spots and 17 handicap accessible spots.


There have been rumors of a Costco coming to Little Rock for several months. In early March, Arkansas Money & Politics reached out to Costco’s corporate office for confirmation or details. A spokesperson sent back the following statement: “We cannot comment on locations that will be opening more than three months from today.”


At the time, there were only two upcoming Costco store locations listed on its corporate website. There currently are no upcoming stores listed on this page.


An application has been submitted to city officials, and it is expected to be reviewed at the May Planning Commission meeting and the June City Directors’ meeting.


Tentatively, the construction start date has been set for February 2021, according to the Fox 16 report, with a grand opening in July 2021.


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Image courtesy of MG2