Costco going nowhere in PTC

Fri, 04/18/2008 - 3:13pm
By: John Munford

Developer suggested buying part of nature area

Despite a recent media report to the contrary, it seems Costco isn’t close to coming to Peachtree City after all.

The company expressed interest several months ago in locating to a shopping center that will be built on the south side of Ga. Highway 54 next to Planterra Way, said City Planner David Rast.

But those plans went nowhere as developer Doug McMurrain of Capital City Development pitched the idea of buying a portion of the city’s Line Creek Nature Area from the city, Rast said. The nature area is adjacent to McMurrain’s property.

Last week the Newnan Times Herald quoted commercial shopping center developer Stan Thomas saying that Costco was showing more interest in Peachtree City than in Newnan.

According to the Costco website, the company’s warehouses vary in size from 70,000 to 205,000 square feet, with an average size of 141,000 square feet.

Because of the city’s “big box” size limitations, the company would need a special use permit from the City Council unless it were to locate in an existing store.

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Submitted by Doug on Sun, 04/20/2008 - 11:52am.

he'll take you for everything you got.

The developer pimp bought our city roads and now he wants it all. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if Mayor Logsdon tries to find a way to make it all happen.

So much for the quaint home feeling of Peachtree City. We're being pimped away to developers and government deals.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 9:36pm.

Don't worry harold-drunk will no doubt give it to him for nothing just like he did the roads.

harold detroit is looking for a mayor since the current one is as crooked as you are, only they are actually going to indict this one,.....go ahead help them out. We'll take up a collection for the shipping. Don't believe the report that city is very safe, honest.....

Submitted by sal1988 on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 10:38pm.

Hey skyspy, didn't you out grow such childish games like name calling in grade school? You sound like a sad, pitiful, and sorry individual. I really enjoyed your thoughtful, mature, and logical argument; NOT.

I'm sure you have such high moral standards that you would drive to Fayetteville or Newnan to patronize WalMart, HomeDepot or BestBuy rather than the stores that contribute to the PTC tax base. Your sense of righteousness would probably force you to drive the extra distance, despite the price of gas, rather than reward Mr McMurrain's capital venture.

Frankly, my family enjoyed shopping at those stores without having to listen to police helicopters orbiting above. I'm sure we must be in the minority.

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 3:19pm.

I wish they would build down Hwy 34 toward I-85 so my treks to the Morrow store could cease.

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Submitted by poipendicular on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 6:11pm.

I love Costco, hate making that drive into Morrow though. The one in Marietta is very nice and has many more items because of it's size. I wouldn't mind if a Costco was built on 34, just not in town.

Submitted by SMHSBandGeek on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 4:35pm.

Costco would bring crime to PTC as there are not many Costco's.

Submitted by blazing2006 on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 5:11pm.

That comment has absolutley NO merrit at all. Show your statistics on that Bandgeek. Although I love Costco and feel they are far superior to Sam's and BJ's, I would not want one in Peachtree City. I have mentioned before and most that read this would agree that we do not need anymore big boxes within our city limits. I have been a costco member since the first one opened in Redmond, Washinton. Have shopped at many across the country and a great many of the stores are in more upscale areas. I do hope they open a store one day that is a little closer.Hey Bandgeek, here are some facts for you , Costco has 392 stores in the U.S and 536 total worldwide . Sam's Club has 590 stores in the U.S. and about another 100 around the world. BJ's has 177 store in the US and none overseas. So with those facts alone you have just been proven a liar. Get your facts straight before you spout off your mouth.

Submitted by Insayn on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 7:43pm.

I think what bandgeek meant was that people are willing to drive longs distances to shop at Costco, which would bring in LOTS of people from out of town, including many people who are not quite as well versed in manners (read: this is mine, not yours. you cant take it just because you like it).

The Crime Rate in PTC DID go up when all all the stores (such as Wal Mart) on 54 West came in. Im sure most of them are not PTC citizens but people from outside of PTC coming in to shop or work.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 8:11pm.

The last time we went to Costco, there was a good number of obese shoppers purchasing huge quantities of food and saddling up to the 'free sample' tables. Where else can you get quadruple-pack boxes of cookies and chips, or a box of 80 ice cream bars or massive plastic jars filled with chocolate biscotti's? The obesity rate would probably rise in PTC, no doubt, with a Costco just down the street. But they do have great prices on electronics and camping/travel gear!

I'm still wishing for a grocery store with decent produce where the brocolli stalks aren't weeks old and moldy or organic strawberries for my kids that aren't $5.00 a box.

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