Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Costco parking lot was filled with cars and near the entrance were hundreds of Mooresville residents crowding around with their shopping carts, ready for the grand opening.
“All I can say is thank you for coming to our community and making it even bigger and better,” said Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce President Kirk Ballard of Costco.
And better is one word that helps describe the role the new warehouse places on the job market in Mooresville.
“[Costco has] brought over 200 new jobs to our area,” said Thurman Houston, Ward 2 Commissioner of the Town of Mooresville.
With the new location in Mooresville, hard-earned dollars will in the town, Houston said.
Before the opening of the Mooresville location the closest Costco would take around 30 minutes for community members to get to.
Mooresville Costco is located on 392 Talbert Road, which is around six minutes away from two competitive warehouse locations – Sam’s Club and BJ’s.
After the ribbon was cut by Mooresville Costco’s Store Manager Troy Rea and city officials, the community members piled their way into the new 27,000-square-foot warehouse store. With their membership card in one hand, many eager faces were seen as people walked in through a sea of employees and city officials who were clapping their hands for the first few guests.
The event drew in hundreds of people, with Costco seeing more than 300 shoppers within the first 20 minutes of opening, according to a Mooresville Costco door greeter. It took around 10 minutes to get the crowd of Costco members into the new location and the influx of people into Costco only continued throughout the morning.
The grand opening had specialized sections outside of the building to help set up new members. These sections also offered information on deals Costco might have. Guests were also greeted with a coupon book to get them ready to shop. As the exit doors slowly opened, you could find new and loyal Costco members leaving with anything from household goods to furniture. The Mooresville Costco features a gas station, pharmacy, hearing aid center, eye exam center and a café among their traditional products.
The hours for the Mooresville Costco are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.