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    Costco Expansion 

    InterStratics is monitoring ongoing events relating to the Costco Canadian expansion program and will provide "as is" updates based on publicly disclosed information.


    InterStratics Consultants Inc. is not affiliated with the Costco or its Canadian development team.

    Costco announced on June 4th 2013 at the Retail Council of Canada's Store 2013 conference that they will be opening 25 new locations across Canada with a goal to get to 110 stores.  - Financial Post

    POTENTIAL New Costco Sites


    Where will these locations be?

    They have not been announced, but, we have prepared a preliminary analysis based on the population totals that are not within 10km of the current Costco portfolio. Some of these locations (Guelph) are already under construction. Others are candidates for potential locations.

    Above is a preliminary review of the potential new markets for Costco. Sites were selected based on areas beyond the 10km trade area of current Costco sites. Areas with a high population potential within 20km were highlighted as potential new sites. This analysis, prepared by Interstratics, does not include additional relevant factors such as income levels.


    Potential New Sites

    City  Province
    Calgary West AB
    Sidney BC
    Chilliwack BC
    Sydney  NS
    Bathurst NB
    Thunder Bay ON
    Guelph ON
    Brantford ON
    Oakville ON
    Windsor ON
    Welland ON
    Kingston ON
    Kanata ON
    Orleans ON
    Downtown Toronto ON
    Hamilton East ON
    Brampton North ON
    Orillia ON
    Waterloo ON
    Charlottetown PEI
    Joliette QC
    Valleyfield QC
    Saint Hyacinthe QC


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    Reader Comments (125)

    There have been very, very few franchises that have opened in PEI that have not met or exceeded the national average. Couple that with the fact that there is a captive audience, if you will, by being in PEI. Few people wish to add to the drive, the cost of the bridge toll and the 100 mile (160km) trip to Moncton. Even Eaton's was the only store in Canada to be in the black here on the Island.
    October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLS
    Thank God for Costco we have been Ripped Off by the Ontario based companies for years.
    the price of chicken cheese and other items are controlled by marketing boards. I will be one of the first to be at the opening in Sydney NS.
    January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike
    I would buy a Costco card if you had a store in Timmins, ON and I am sure most northeners would also!
    February 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimonne Pouliot
    Why are 14 of the possible costco all in southern ontario. In Orillia really, theres one in Barrie which is 20 minutes away. Bring one to Timmins ON, you would get people of Timmins, Cochrane region, Kapuskasing region, Hearst, Kirlkand Lake, the James Bay communities and Abitibi, QC (Rouyn, LaSarre, Val d'or, Amos).That is close to 150 000 population.
    February 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
    Wish you'd consider putting on in Williams Lake BC
    We're almost 3 hours either way to Costco. Very frustrating. Spend only $1000-2000 a year. Would likely spend 3 or four times that amount if Costco was local and didn't have to combine with a family time. Buy less as less room to transport. LOVE the Meat department. Our avg wage is higher than most in Canada and we have a captive audience for you as well. Know it would be a great choice!
    February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConnie
    We need a Costco in North Bay, we have a catchment area of 110 000 plus population. A North Bay location would thrive.
    February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNorthBayite
    Not sure how reliable this data is, as Kanata, Ontario already has a Costco.
    February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
    It would be nice to see one in brandon, mb. 50000 people plus surrounding areas!!!
    February 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterderrick
    Timmins ontario should get a costco. We are isolated in the north and many of us drive more than 300 Kms just to go to costco a few times a year. If there were one in timmins, I know I would be there weekly. All of my family goes to costco and it would surely be successful in timmins. You would prosper from all cities and towns from the north (cochrane, foleyet, chapeau, kapuskasing, Hearst, Kirkland lake, englehart, and probably rouyn Noranda too)!
    February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNat Gagnon
    Looking at the expansion list. It is noted Bathurst, NS. Do you not mean NB as there is no Bathurst, NS. Please clarify this misprint. Thank you
    February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterK. Sealy
    Looking forward to having a Costco in Chilliwack BC.
    March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNed
    We definitely need a Costco here in Bathurst NB! I am sure people from the Acadian Penninsula , Dalhousie and surrounding areas, Campbellton and surrounding areas, even Point a la Croix would come and shop here! It sure would be a big boost to the Northern part of the province!
    March 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterL.Fontaine
    Would love to see Costco come to Bathurst, this is a small town with large potentials a few years back it was said that we could actually become the new Moncton.. Hopefully they seriously consider coming here :)
    March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene
    We need a Costco in Sydney NS, whenever we want to go to Costco we need to go to Halifax NS. Please come to Sydney, there is so many people who would benefit from this store including bringing more jobs to the area.
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
    Sydney, Nova Scotia NEEDS COSTCO. Please!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
    Would be awesome to have a COSTCO in Sydney, Nova Scotia as we have to drive 5 hours to get to the nearest one in Halifax . Please come to our city of SYDNEY !!!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarie
    Sydney Nova Scotia would be very grateful to have a COSTCO.You have to drive to Halifax or Moncton to shop at COSTCO.I really think with one in Sydney all of Eastern Nova Scotia would support it!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJarrod
    Where in the hell is Fort McMurray on this list??????????? The Mac needs one before Sydney, NS does......AND I'M FROM SYDNEY!!!!!!! Traveling to Halifax is much safer via the divided highways than driving to Edmonton on the notorious HWY's 63 & 881. It would also be a place you wouldn't be able to get near for about 3 years until the fever pitch of a Costco in the Mac died down. Greater demand and definitely the greater ability to support it here. Regardless, I'd love to see one in Sydney as well because they need anything and everything to help it out.
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine
    I was considering letting my Costco membership go because we have to drive hours to get to one.
    However if one opens in Sydney I will keep will thousands of others
    Costco in Sydney Nova Scotia!!!!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersandy
    We need a Costco in Sydney NS, Desperately. Have a card but hardly get to use it unless I order on line.
    Bring it to Sydney!!!!!!!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJayne
    A lot of people would get a membership if Costco opened in Sydney.Like stated earlier it's a 4-5 hour drive to Halifax & people just don't like the travel!!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCole
    This would truly make the people of Sydney, NS so happy. We all have to travel to Halifax and spend our money there. Why not we keep our money in our own town. Please consider bringing Costco to Sydney, NS.
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
    Sydney NS is a must, there is a huge demand for costco here and I and many many others will have a membership and shop there often.
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWayne
    I believe bringing a Costco to Sydney would be beneficial to everyone involved. Travelling for 5 hours to go there is tough. Would be there all the time if we had one here. Please bring it to Sydney
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim
    pleasssssssssse bring it to Sydney!! Every person I know would LOVE to have a Costco here. So many families with children that could really use the bulk items with the savings. It would be wonderful!
    March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

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