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Springfield residents long hoping for a Costco may soon be getting their wish. 

On Thursday, Mayor Ken McClure announced the membership-based wholesale retailer was considering opening a store in the Queen City south of Chestnut Expressway at Eastgate and Highway 65. 

The warehouse would hire at least 125 people with an average pay of $25.50 with a full-time cashier’s annual salary after five years at $52,944. 

“We are so pleased to welcome Costco to our community. We know that there has been a strong interest from our citizens for this store and, in fact, that some Springfieldians drive the 150 miles to get to the nearest Costco,” McClure said in a news release. “I am positive that Costco will expand our retail base, bringing new customers to Springfield who will surely shop elsewhere while they’re in town.”

The Washington-based retailer may be getting some help from the city to reimburse the cost of building driving access to the site and other infrastructure. 

On Monday, the city council is set to consider an ordinance that would allow the city to reimburse some of the cost of those improvements using sales tax generated from the warehouse. 

The total cost of those improvements is expected to be around $4.8 million. 

In order to provide adequate space for the warehouse, Eastgate would need to be relocated. Other street and stormwater improvements will also be required. 

Springfield’s planning and zoning commission will also consider a preliminary plat for the Costco site at its meeting June 4.

If things progress as planned, Costco would break ground in Spring 2021 and open in fall 2021. 

Katie Kull covers local government for the News-Leader. Got a story to tell? Give her a call at 417-408-1025 or email her at kkull@news-leader.com. You can also support local journalism at News-Leader.com/subscribe.

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