Margaret Downing photo The Journal
Costco’s grand opening and ribbon cutting was held August 23. The new store is located at 5000 Stadium Dr. just across E. Riverside Blvd. from the new Mercyhealth complex and just east of the I-90 interchange. Costco General Manager Nathan Gentry, left center, and Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury, right center, are shown officially cutting the ribbon as area officials, Parks Chamber members, and Costco employees look on.

Region welcomes Costco to Loves Park
By Margaret Downing
A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Parks Chamber took place at the new Costco Wholesale location just off E. Riverside Blvd. on the east side of I-90 and across from the new Mercyhealth complex.
A good crowd was present as Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury and Costco General Manager Nathan Gentry cut the ribbon for the opening. A line of shoppers was ready to hit it when the store opened to the public at 9 a.m. and it wound along the front of the building, all along the side to the back of the building where the line disappeared behind the corner.
Costco has been busy bringing in new members and as of opening day had at least 16,000. The business is aiming to bring that to a 50,000 membership total by December 2020.
Besides a good selection of grocery items, the store also carries a large variety of products. The building takes up 186,000 square feet and currently employs about 185 workers at the new location, 5000 Stadium Dr. just off of Interstate Blvd.
Mayor Jury gave thanks to the Winnebago County Board and others who helped to support Costco coming to his city, saying it is not only a benefit to Loves Park but to the whole region.
The city will see sales tax revenue increase and to help bring Costco to Loves Park. An incentive package was offered totaling $1.7 million dollars from the county, part of which was utilized in building a traffic roundabout at Interstate Blvd. and Stadium Dr.
As explained by Parks Chamber Executive Director, Tonya Lamia, “Costco is a membership warehouse club dedicated to bringing members the best possible prices on quality, brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.” Additional information can be found at

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