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Rumor no more: There’s a Costco coming to the Bradenton area

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After months of speculation and rumor, Manatee County permits revealed that a Costco Wholesale store is coming to the Bradenton area.

A permit filed Friday indicates that the 155,294-square-foot building will reside at 7433 Grand Harbour Parkway, just east of Interstate 75 along State Road 64.

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The stage is set for Manatee County to receive its first Costco. The company recently received its permit to build a warehouse store at Heritage Harbour on this site in East Manatee. James A. Jones Jr. jajones1@bradenton.com

Costco spokespersons previously told the Bradenton Herald that they could neither confirm nor deny plans for a Costco in the area.

“Unfortunately, it is our company policy to not comment regarding future Costco warehouses until we are ready to share details about the new location (usually 2-3 months in advance),” Costco says in response to queries about its plans.

On Thursday afternoon, there was little activity at the construction site, located south of Heritage Harbour’s Central Park and northeast of the I-75/State Road 64 interchange.

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James A. Jones Jr. jajones1@bradenton.com

A construction trailer has been parked on the site for months for site preparation that started and then halted because the project’s four-year site approval had expired.

Manatee County government had granted LNR Heritage Harbour LLLP of Newport Beach, Calif., an extension until April 17 to get the project started.

The developer then went back to Manatee County government seeking more time and submitted several modifications to its project plan, including adding a gas station. The project is approved for nearly 300,000 square feet of retail and commercial development.

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The stage is set for Manatee County to receive its first Costco. The company recently received its permit to build a warehouse store at Heritage Harbour on this site in East Manatee. James A. Jones Jr. jajones1@bradenton.com

“The amendment to the final site plan will be limited to a change in building footprints based on revised tenants, utilities, stormwater conveyance, landscaping, and parking orientation. A fueling facility was also added on the south end of the Retail A site,” the Bradenton Herald reported project manager Dean L. Paquet of Kimlet Horn as saying August in a letter to Manatee County Public Works.

John Musson, a Heritage Harbour resident who had watched the Costco project preparation since surveyors placed the first stake there, said he is pleased to learn that what he already knew has been confirmed.

“I will be using the Costco and the new Detwilers in Palmetto,” Musson said, adding that he won’t miss driving to the Sarasota Costco to buy his grocery staples.

“It will attract other retailers. Florida is all about service industries,” he said.

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