Costco Orillia on track to open in late 2016

Posted on Tuesday December 08, 2015

For immediate release (Dec. 8, 2015) – This time next year, local and regional residents will likely have a new destination for holiday shopping – Costco Orillia.

Costco has confirmed its intention to build a 156,000 sq. ft., one-storey retail warehouse in West Ridge, Orillia, on the east side of University Avenue, across from Diana Drive, on approximately 14 acres of land. The Costco development would include a gas bar, propane station, and seasonal garden centre. The land currently owned by Charter Construction Limited and Mark Rich Homes Limited is being sold to Costco for the development.

The City’s site plan approval process, which includes Costco providing detailed design of the building, surrounding landscaping, and storm water management plans, is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2016. This allows Costco to start construction in summer 2016 with an anticipated opening in the late fall of 2016. Once open, Orillia’s Costco will employ approximately 250 full and part-time workers. Costco is known in the retail sector for paying higher than average wages.

“I am very excited to confirm that Costco is coming to Orillia with a tentative opening one year from now,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Council and City staff have worked diligently with Charter Construction and the Ministry of Transportation to make this highly-anticipated development a reality. We look forward to welcoming Costco as a new, reputable employer and economic development driver for Orillia in 2016.”

“The efforts of all parties involved over the last four years in bringing Costco to Orillia have aligned to make a big wish come true for many,” said Angelo Orsi, President of Charter Construction Limited. “There is still a lot of work to be done between now and the official opening, but we look forward to offering Costco Orillia as a new retail option for 2016 holiday shopping.”

The City of Orillia continues to work with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation on roadway improvements in West Orillia, including the Old Barrie Road intersection improvement project and Highway 12 West, which will improve traffic flow in the area.

The Costco development will result in just over $1 million in revenue for the City of Orillia through building permit fees and development charges in 2016. The City of Orillia will also gain the added tax assessment from the Costco building moving forward.

According to the City’s Economic Development Office, the opening of Costco will help solidify Orillia as a regional retail hub in the area, drawing shoppers from across the greater region including Muskoka to the north, Lindsay to the east, and Midland to the west. Having a Costco located in Orillia will entice other businesses to locate in the area. With word of a potential Costco development, the City’s Economic Development Office has already received several development inquiries for West Orillia; these will likely materialize as the Costco development proceeds.

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Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia

Angelo Orsi
President of Charter Construction Limited

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
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