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.