Before the news broke earlier this year that there would be a new Costco opening in Eau Claire, the nearest Costco in the area was over 70 miles away in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Therefore, the new store would provide a convenient shopping option for those in the Eau Claire area. reported earlier this year that Aaron White, Eau Claire’s Community Development Director also believed a new Costco would boost the local economy and bring in about 100 jobs for the area.

He added that because Costco specializes in bulk shopping, its shoppers also include commercial entities who would be able to pick up a local product instead of having to rely on outside distributors. He was excited to have more options and more variety in the area.

As construction of the new Costco continued, near North Crossing and U.S. 53, bordering the town of Seymour, the company announced an opening date of Wednesday, November 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

Opening on November 22 would allow the store to be open in time for Black Friday and the entire holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, it appears those plans have changed.

Multiple sources are now reporting that the opening of the Eau Claire Costco has been postponed. Thankfully, for those eagerly anticipating the grand opening, they won't have to wait too long.

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The Eau Claire Costco is now expected to open just over one week later, on Thursday, November 30, which still gives shoppers plenty of time to check it out before Christmas. A spokesperson with Costco cited delays in construction as the reason for the new opening date.

Costco says that until the grand opening occurs, people can still become store members at a temporary location they have established at 3085 Meadowlark Lane, Suite 20, in Altoona. It's open for membership signup at the following times:

  • Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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