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Lodi Costco opens Thursday

Here's everything you need to know before the grand opening

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Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Tue Jun 7, 2011.

Costco will open its doors on June 9, allowing customers to browse rows and rows of food, furniture and lawn and garden products for the first time in Lodi.

The store is planning to open early at 8 a.m. Thursday to show off its new location at Harney Lane and Highway 99, in the Reynolds Ranch Shopping Center.

Costco is a membership-only retailer that sells most items in bulk quantities. Currently, Lodi residents have to travel seven miles south to the next closest store in Stockton.

Warehouse manager Denise Zizzo said she has continuously received positive feedback on the store opening.

"It's overwhelmingly exciting for our customers. The feedback has been phenomenal. Everyone is very welcoming," Zizzo said.

Developer Dale Gillespie said he has talked with Costco about this specific project for six years. He is excited to bring a new store to Lodi residents and he said it will also bring new business to town, which will generate more sales tax.

"People will come from other areas, and they'll also get gas, go to other stores, visit Downtown and eat in our restaurants," Gillespie said.

So here is what you need to know before heading to the new store:

What does Costco sell? Costco has 3,800 to 4,000 different products in its stores. Some are name-brand, some are private-label. The store will sell bakery goods, meat, produce, deli meats and cheeses, rotisserie chickens, fine wine and liquor, television and audio equipment, furniture, office supplies, books, toys, hardware, health and beauty items, jewelry and sporting goods.

The store will have a gas station, one-hour photo department, pharmacy, tire and automotive center, hearing aid center and food court.

How much do memberships cost? The $50 Gold Star Membership for customers who want to purchase products mainly for personal use.

Businesses can get a membership for $50 that allows owners to purchase products for their business or for resale. It also comes with a free household card.

Costco also has an executive membership that costs $100. This group receives 2 percent cash rewards on most Costco purchases, as well as other benefits and discounts.

Where can I buy a membership? You can buy a membership by calling 800-774-2678, or online at www.costco.com.

Costco is selling memberships at the Lodi's farmers market from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays on School Street between Elm and Oak streets.

Costco will also have booths at IHOP, at the corner of Kettleman and Ham lanes, and the Chevron station at Kettleman and Cherokee lanes.

Is Costco still hiring? Costco has completed the hiring process and has 180 employees at the Lodi location. Zizzo said there were 4,500 applications submitted online and another 300 requests from current employees who wanted to transfer to the Lodi store.

In a previous article, Jeff Abadir, regional vice president for Costco, said that roughly 60 percent of the store's workers are full-time and the average full-time wage is $22 an hour.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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  • Frank Eris posted at 12:50 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    FrankEris Posts: 2

    Simply superb...
    Left Lodi long time back, at that time we have to travel other place for shopping all these things. Now I am back here and went to Costco, found this absolutely amazing.
    Now no need to travel far.

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  • Kim Lee posted at 3:00 pm on Thu, Jun 9, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Okay, the "browsing" day was last night. It's open for purchasing today. Time to spend a few bucks at Costco today. :-)

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:42 am on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Anthony Marino posted at 11:35 No, you can only browse for the first 30 days. No exceptions.

    Thank god!!!! my bank account thanks Costco for this restriction. Maybe we can make it a permanent policy... you can only look, not buy...

  • Anthony Marino posted at 11:35 am on Tue, Jun 7, 2011.

    Anthony Marino Posts: 10

    No, you can only browse for the first 30 days. No exceptions.

  • Kim Lee posted at 2:49 pm on Mon, Jun 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    The article says we can "browse", but can we make purchases on Thursday?

  • Kim Lee posted at 2:46 pm on Mon, Jun 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I'm looking forward to shopping at the new Lodi Costco!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:57 pm on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Josh stated...The icon is "winking". You probably can't see the tongue implanted in the cheek.
    Josh... now that is funny... I thought is was a grimace... its getting bad when an icon is used to clarify emotion and I need clarification on which emotion it represents... thanks for maiking it clear!!!

    Interesting facts about the tax...I was unaware of that one. I appreciate the education!!! Unfortunately it is what I expect from California's mentallity and does not surprise me.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 12:53 pm on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Then Doug I would expect you to get to the bottom of this. You, of all people, who demand transparency should be all over this. Maybe Lodi First is a group of the good ol boyz who are trying to keep competing interests from being able to operate. What have your sources with the Grand Jury told you? How about your stealth contacts around town that provide you information about these backroom deals. Certainly they must have the names of these people. Come on Doug......get on this!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:00 pm on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Josh, Lodi First is no different from the hundreds, if not thousands or more, of LLC's in Lodi. Have you ever tried untangling the web of investors in just one LLC? Isn't your favorite restaurant, Wine$Roses/Ro$ewood one of those LLC's? So what's the difference whether it's a group such as Lodi First or cowardly LLC investors who refuse to acknowledge they are investors in many business schemes? LLC's are famous for bloating a company and then diverting all assets to their own investors and then claiming bankruptcy, aren't they? They are not held financially responsible and the real investors and oftentimes workers are taken to the cleaners with their pockets empty. Check out who the principals are of many of these LLC's in the Lodi area? They're the good old boys and have many different schemes, scams, and business ventures operating at the same time. Costco is a welcome addition to the city of Lodi, especially the aspect that it will provide many decent paying jobs, rather than the typical minimum wage or less that the good old boys in Lodi are willing to part with.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:55 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2255

    Darrell, California not only places an extraordinary high income tax on its people, but its sales tax is so confiscatory that I am blown away there isn't a revolt. For example, AT&T is advertising its iPhone 3G for $49.00. As the 4G is selling well and the next generation is rumored to be set for release in the fall, it's obvious that they need to reduce their inventory on obsolete models as quickly as possible. The problem with this incredible price is that in California when one buys this phone at such a low rate, the sales tax applied isn't calculated using the sale price of $49.00, but instead due to a State regulation, cellular phones' sales tax is calculated at the original manufacturer's suggested retail pricing, in this case nearly $200.00. (“Regulation 1585 of the state code on sales and use taxes specifies that all cell phones will be taxed at the full retail amount, regardless of the price paid as part of a special offer.” (http://tinyurl.com/y9s49g3))

    So when one checks out online for this phone, they're paying a whole lot more than they might have anticipated. In my mind this is nothing more than theft. What would be the response if this was applied to everything we buy? I just wonder why that hasn't already happened.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 11:27 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    The icon is "winking". You probably can't see the tongue implanted in the cheek.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:13 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Josh... I did not miss it... maybe I do not understand ... it wouldn't be the first time... my response to your post was a combination of reading what you said and looking at the icon in combination... I'm sorry if I misinterpreted.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:42 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    DB....I guess you missed the icon at the end of the post.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:04 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Josh stated...Darrell.....you must have jumped for joy when the car dealerships closed down. Now there was some serious local tax monies the City is no longer collecting .
    I am trying to imagine how ignorant of economic factors that someone would have to be to could draw a conclusion like this... it reminds me of a comment that Jeff Hood made...
    Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:53 am, Thu Jan 20, 2011.
    Between payments to the city, county and other agencies, it can cost up to $50,000 in fees to build a new home, he said. The city of Lodi has no plans to adjust its impact fees, said city spokesperson Jeff Hood.
    “By reducing impact fees, you are essentially asking the community to subsidize the impacts,” Hood said. How short sighted.
    Is it not obvious that reducing tax rates does not mean revenue goes down. California has one of the highest income tax rates... Texas has zero income tax .. yet Texas has increasing revenues and California has decreasing revenues... how is that possible? I know city revenue is different than the states... but there are many more factors involved other than tax rates.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:36 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Kevin.......such a short memory. Don't you remember that Lodi First and Citizen's for Open Government's legal bills were paid and they went away. To this day we still do not know who comprises Lodi First. I just can't believe this has been swept under the table. And these two groups are the first to scream about transparency.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:41 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    I'm just wondering where all the people are to complain about Costco being a big dumpy monstrosity that will shut down locally owned shops Or where is the outcry and where were the lawsuits for the environmental impacts before it was built to save the valuable ag land?

  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:18 am on Sun, Jun 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Darrell.....you must have jumped for joy when the car dealerships closed down. Now there was some serious local tax monies the City is no longer collecting ;-).

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:25 pm on Sat, Jun 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jackson... if you read my first post, it is obvious that knew what point you were making... I stated"However, I will not celebrate that tax revenue is collected even though LODI WILL BENEFIT" Benefit= tax revenue.... that was going to Stockton...
    Personally, I would rather reduce the cost of the products Costco sells in Lodi than collect tax... I think I am in the minority ( in California).

    Since it was so obvious in the first post, I am curious what the point of your second post was.

  • Charles Nelson posted at 7:45 pm on Sat, Jun 4, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 257


  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:41 pm on Sat, Jun 4, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Darrell, my point being that it is a benefit to the City of Lodi to earn the sales tax revenue stream versus so many of us driving the extra miles and that money going into the coffers for the inept City of Stocktone.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:44 pm on Sat, Jun 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I love costco and like Jackson, glad it is coming to Lodi. However, I will not celebrate that tax revenue is collected even though Lodi will benefit. Ends does not justify the means. Taxes are way to high.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 11:57 am on Sat, Jun 4, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Hooray! Not only will the new Lodi store save our citizens gas, time, and money, but just think of the sales tax revenues the City of Lodi will reap from all of the taxable (non-food) items sold!



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