After fast start, lull, Costco a success in 1st year in Toledo

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.

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the charm of the original Westgate. I mean; can we really call it a "Village" any longer? How long will it take before Costco is just another empty Big Box store blighting the area?

- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

I live in that area. I personally found no charm to the old Westgate. It was a gigantic parking lot with a store layout that wasn't user-friendly. Additionally, it had very few stores that brought me in for my shopping.

I like Costco and shop there regularly. Having been at a few other stores, I'm surprised it isn't busier than it is.

If the concern is an empty big box store, keep an eye on the new grocery store. I think it has failure written all over it.

I doubt Sam's Club is concerned. Either way, my family is keeping our Sam's memberships (if it ain't broke, don't fix it).

Until the lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter (African proverb)

Until the lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter (African proverb)

Westfield/franklin park update - success
Westgate update - success

Common denominator? The updates were done by the OWNERS and not by city/county GOVERNMENT...

(actually, you could say that westgate's success comes IN SPITE of Carty's efforts to hose it up)

Now - lets list the successful operations/upgrades that Carty/council/commissioners have been involved with... (Que crickets and tumbleweeds..)
Nothing but a long and ever growing list of failure after failure.

Moral? Keep Government out of private enterprise, and leave the work to the adults who know what the hell they're doing.

The additions were a success and there are more coming.

But, the retailers are experiencing declines in sales and foot traffic is off.

I work two part time jobs in the mall and the common refrain from the vendors and store staff is that business is way off and has been for some time.

Some stores are getting rent reductions, some are being given months free to retain the stores.

With the opening of Levis Commons and Fallen Timbers, shopping patterns changed, with results in loss of foot traffic and dollars spent.

Tough time for so many retailers offering near the same thing from store to store.

We moved to Toledo 6 years ago. Westgate was dead by then. I love bookstores, but found Thackery's snobby. Oh sorry, I like Tom Clancy and Ayn Rand. Deal with it.

Hopefully the folks who own Westgate can develop the north side of Central Av. A Sears Grand would be awesome! Dropped the Sams Club membership, and a little bird who works for Costco says they plan to build a second store in Maumee in 2009.

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