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City of Duluth reviewing Costco application for development

DULUTH, MN – The city of Duluth is currently reviewing an application for development filed by discount warehouse chain Costco.

The concept plan, dated August 22, calls for 58.71 acres to be developed at the intersection of West Arrowhead Road and Haines Road.

The six parcels of land border the Duluth-Hermantown line and the St. Louis County Jail.

The proposal consists of a Costco membership club, tire center, liquor pod and gas station.

Most of the land is listed by Holappa Commercial Real Estate. It carries a price tag of more than $2 million.

Following a city staff review, the application would go before a public hearing by the City Planning Commission, followed by the Duluth City Council.

5.29 acres of land in the proposal currently belong to New Life Lutheran Chuch, which opened its doors in late 2016.

It was not immediately clear what would happen with the building or land. The President of the Church directed questions to their attorney, who is out of the office through next Tuesday.

The members-only retail warehouse is being developed by Illinois-based TJ Design Strategies, Ltd., which has led similar projects across the United States.

Costco’s arrival in Duluth has long been rumored dating back to 2014.

The multi-billion dollar global retailer currently has 10 stores in Minnesota and 11 in Wisconsin.

An additional Costco is slated to open in Egan, MN in November.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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