Long requested, Costco opening this month in Viera

Brevard County Costco fans can say goodbye to long trips west to their favorite membership warehouse.

Costco is set to open a 148,000-square-foot warehouse Thursday, Dec. 9 at 4305 Pineda Causeway, about a quarter-mile west of Interstate 95.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. will precede Costco’s opening, Warehouse General Manager Mike Sinanian said.

Prior to the Melbourne location’s opening, the closest Costco was about 60 miles away in Winter Park or in South Orlando.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of Melbourne,” Sinanian said. “They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market. We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”

Like other Costco locations, the Melbourne warehouse will offer quality, brand-name and private-label merchandise. Costco helps businesses save money on supplies and on items for resale, and provides a wide range of products and services for personal use.

Costco is open only to card-holding members and offers three types of membership: Executive, Business and Gold Star. All types of membership include one free Household Card. Costco membership cards are accepted at all Costco locations around the world and online at costco.com.

Melbourne Costco will feature a variety of specialty departments, including a gas station, a bakery, fresh meat and produce, a deli with rotisserie chicken, an optical department with an independent doctor of optometry, a pharmacy and a tire center. It will also have a hearing aid center, a food court, and beer, liquor and wines.

The Melbourne location will have 230 employees, Sinanian said. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

This warehouse will be the 29th Costco location in Florida, There are 572 in the United States and 826 worldwide. Issaquah, Washington-based Costco has nearly 275,000 employees and 111 million cardholders throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, France, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, Australia and Iceland.

The company said it has been recognized throughout the U.S. for providing its employees with the highest wages in the industry and for its ethical business practices.

“A typical retailer has more frills and operating costs that drive the prices higher,” Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek said in a statement. “We operate simple buildings, streamline our product delivery, pay fair wages to limit turnover, and in general keep a tight rein on our overhead so as to offer incredible savings on our products and services.”

Visit costco.com for more information.