Construction continues at the site of the Lake Stevens Costco now slated to open Dec. 2. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Construction continues at the site of the Lake Stevens Costco now slated to open Dec. 2. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ new Costco opening delayed till after Thanksgiving

The new warehouse opening was pushed back to Dec. 2. Meanwhile, it’s still under construction.

LAKE STEVENS — Residents who planned to score a giant $5.99 pumpkin pie at the new Costco on Wednesday instead will have to drive 10 miles to the Everett warehouse.

Despite all the hype of an anticipated opening on Nov. 23, the doors of the county’s latest Costco in Lake Stevens is not expected to open until Dec. 2.

The outside is still a construction zone. A “road closed” barrier last week prevented lookie-loos from entering the compound at the new roundabout built at Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road.

A back entrance is at the 91st Avenue SE stoplight at the intersection with 20th Street SE, the main corridor off the U.S. 2 trestle.

The 160,000-square-foot store has 800 parking spaces and a gas station with 30 pumps.

It is possible the gas station will offer fuel service before the store opens, said a worker who answered the phone Thursday at the Lake Stevens store.

Call now and you get a live person, not a recorded menu option.

The new store has created a buzz in Lake Stevens. A tent in a busy commercial area sold Costco memberships.

Heidi Smith recently started a public “Lake Stevens Costco” Facebook group for people to network about the new store.

“It’s a place for other Costco fans to touch base, share what they enjoy, give reviews, share what’s new,” Smith said.

The store had opposition after Costco applied for its first city permits in 2019. Livable Lake Stevens, a neighborhood coalition against the Costco, filed a Land Use Petition Act lawsuit that was dismissed in Snohomish County Superior Court. The group also sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act for agreeing to fill roughly 1¾ acres of wetlands and damaging another 1.4 acres for the construction.

Contractors cleared the 40-acre property in July 2021.

As of this report, the Lake Stevens warehouse is slated to have a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. Dec. 2.

Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; abrown@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterbrown.

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