COSTCO Wholesale Corp. arrived in West Toledo a year ago with a warehouse store of high expectations for itself, its customers, and surrounding merchants.
As Costco at the rejuvenated Westgate Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue at Secor Road marks its first year in business this week,
it is a success.
But its effect on nearby retailers is less certain.
Toledoan Jennie Beck was pleased enough with the big store that she gave up shopping at rival Sam's Wholesale Club, which is in the suburb of Holland.
She goes to Costco three times a month and believes it is succeeding. 'I mean, it's 2:15 p.m. on a Wednesday, and look at all the cars,' she said of the parking lot, which was about half full.
'My whole family shops here a lot, and these days I always hear people say, ‘Did you get that at Costco?' or ‘Oh, I bought that at Costco.' That's really good.'
Stacey Baker, of Adrian, Mich., also gave up a Sam's Club membership to switch to Costco.