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Daniel D

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Aug 23, 2012
 
So since Heritage Point in Kingsport is failing to come to fruit. From what I understand both cities have been courting the retailer but I believe with Exit 5 starting to take off Costco's first tri-cities location may be Bristol. For one the plans at exit 5 call for a "wholesale club" in the drawings. With Sam's at a newer building at Exit 7 and being right next to their sister store Walmart. I don't see them relocating to exit 5. So this pretty much leaves Costco as the retailer that Bristol is courting to exit 5.

So have you all heard anything?
Great

Bristol, VA

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Aug 23, 2012
 

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That would definately be awesome to get a Costco!
whatatard

Abingdon, VA

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Aug 23, 2012
 
I look for Wal-Mart and Sam's to relocate. They both wanted to be in the City to begin with, and this is their chance to make it happen.

Would serve Washington County right as they provide POOR service (police and fire) yet collect $200,000 a month in total sales tax revenue.

It is time the northern end of the county started balancing the county's budget and allow Bristol to prosper like it could if it weren't for the BS annexation laws and laws suits filed by the county every time Bristol tries to expand its borders.

You want good jobs? Industries want infrastructure.
Daniel D

Johnson City, TN

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Aug 24, 2012
 

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Sam's and Wal-Mart won't relocate. They have a excellent location at exit 7 and ideally Sam's and Wal-Mart like to be next beside of each other which they also have. That Sam's Club at exit 7 isn't that old either its a pretty new location for them. They are in an excellent and high traffic location and both stores do very well there so they have no reason to move, in fact a move by them would make no sense at that.
Daniel D

Johnson City, TN

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Aug 24, 2012
 
Great wrote:
That would definately be awesome to get a Costco!
I'd rather see Costco in Kingsport but honestly with Bristol bagging Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. Plus in addition to Heritage Point being what looks like to be a failure. I think Bristol may indeed be the location that gets a Costco. Also of note Costco sells a lot of wine and beer. Due to state law wine can't be sold in TN at a warehouse club. However in VA it can be... The Bristol Sam's club sells beer and wine which the Johnson City location does not. This alone could be a huge benefit to Costco in locating to Exit 5 in Bristol which is on the Virginia side. In Kingsport or even JC they would not be able to sell wine which is a fair chunk of their profit but they would be able to sell wine just fine slightly over the boarder at exit 5.

From what I understand the Costco down in Chattanooga relocated just right over the boarder in GA and they did so because they wanted to sell wine and beer and this allowed them to do so but still be in the Chattanooga area.
whatatard

Abingdon, VA

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Aug 25, 2012
 
Daniel D wrote:
Sam's and Wal-Mart won't relocate. They have a excellent location at exit 7 and ideally Sam's and Wal-Mart like to be next beside of each other which they also have. That Sam's Club at exit 7 isn't that old either its a pretty new location for them. They are in an excellent and high traffic location and both stores do very well there so they have no reason to move, in fact a move by them would make no sense at that.
Excellent location? Traffic into, and out of, their parking lots is horrendous. If the state follows through on the plan to widen Lee Hwy to four lanes from the current four lane at exit five to the city limits or beyond, one portion of that is to take the hill out of the Bonham Rd/Lee Hwy intersection. Doing that might make it a little better, but not a lot.

If Lowe's moves, and I have heard that is a done deal, that may be a partial impetus for Wal-Mart to go to. Yes, those two buildings are fairly new, but do you really think Wal-Mart gives a crap about the cost of a building? Sam's may move just to make COSTCO reconsider.

Even if Wal-Mart and Sam's don't move, if we get a COSTCO and the other stores that are coming, I can see Wal-Mart's business being hurt. Sam's too for that matter.

And, remember, like I said before, Wal-Mart and Sam's wanted to be in the City. That has not changed. Wal-Mart could probably save enough in insurance premiums alone to make the move worthwhile.
booger

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Sep 2, 2012
 
is costco the right spelling? i don't know for sure.
i thought it was cosco. i am probably wrong.
Daniel D

Johnson City, TN

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Sep 3, 2012
 

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It's Costco
Clyde

Bristol, VA

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Apr 19, 2013
 

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Sam's is not really competition for Costco. Costco sells quality. Sam's sells quantity.
Yuk

Kingsport, TN

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Apr 21, 2013
 

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Daniel D wrote:
Sam's and Wal-Mart won't relocate. They have a excellent location at exit 7 and ideally Sam's and Wal-Mart like to be next beside of each other which they also have. That Sam's Club at exit 7 isn't that old either its a pretty new location for them. They are in an excellent and high traffic location and both stores do very well there so they have no reason to move, in fact a move by them would make no sense at that.
Exit 5-7 is a big mess. Used to live close by there and it was a nightmare trying to navigate around for what anyone would consider the simplest of errands. IMO it is the worst area to visit in the tri cities. One big poorly planned cluster.
VHS Fan

Kingsport, TN

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Apr 21, 2013
 

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County taxes are the issue for WalMart, Sams and Lowes. Savings over 5 years would pay for the move. Hearing Lowes will be the first to go followed bu the other two soon after.
Daniel D

Gate City, VA

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May 6, 2013
 
From what is being said Lowe's will be the second large tenant at the Falls Project. This has yet to be confirmed but we are expecting the announcement soon. I still don't see Walmart and Sam's relocating. As I said that Sam's building is pretty new and I still think it's in a good position.

Also of note Sam's and Walmart and literally right next beside of that location. The Falls Project I know for a fact is only giving incentives to new retailers in Bristol so they won't move there as neither Walmart or Sam's would profit from that move at all.

The pinnacle project is different though as I'm not familiar with what they are offering and they seem more willing for existing Bristol locations to come in since Belk is relocating there. Although this might be a problem as well because they would need a large space and Walmart prefers to have Sam's club as close as possible to each other. Right now at Exit 7 they have the advantage of being literally right next to each other. This is a huge advantage to them.

I could be wrong but as I said before I don't see Sam's or Walmart moving. The Sam's building is too new, Exit 7 is still a very retail area, and the buildings are right next to each other. They won't get an incentive to move to the falls and as greedy as Walmart is trust me they aren't going to make a move without some tax break. So that leaves them with the Pinnacle and for some reason I just see them moving to that one.
JukinJohn

Kingsport, TN

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Aug 12, 2013
 
Costco is COMING TO BRISTOL & has contracted my company for the concrete for their new store in TENNESSEE beside Bass Pro Shop....
The falls

Bristol, VA

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Oct 13, 2013
 
JukinJohn wrote:
Costco is COMING TO BRISTOL & has contracted my company for the concrete for their new store in TENNESSEE beside Bass Pro Shop....
First of all, I the site plan for the pinnacle there is no store going beside bass pro shop. And it's quite obvious that Costco is going on the falls because they can sell beer on the virginia side.
fix it

Bristol, VA

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Oct 16, 2013
 
Costco cant be within a 20 some mile radius of a Sams Club at least that is what management for Walmart and Sams claim...any truth to this?
Daniel D

Gate City, VA

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Oct 18, 2013
 
fix it wrote:
Costco cant be within a 20 some mile radius of a Sams Club at least that is what management for Walmart and Sams claim...any truth to this?
Not true, there are some areas where the stores are very close to each other in fact but typically Costco does try to stay away from being too close to Sam's Club. That being said as time goes by I'm less and less hopeful of CostCo coming to this area. I just don't think the demographics of this area are what they are looking for and Walmart is simply too dominatent in this area for them.
Todd

Johnson City, TN

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Nov 30, 2013
 
I would join costco the day it opened . I've taken an oath to never shop at anything belonging to the Walton family..... I hate their guts in a Christian way.

And I'd love to see them in bristol va before ramsey is able to get wine into grocery stores..... HURRY hurry......

Ton ramsey is a Koch Sucker and a traitor to America. Pancreatic cancer oils serve him justice ....
Wwjd

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Dec 1, 2013
 

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Todd wrote:
I would join costco the day it opened . I've taken an oath to never shop at anything belonging to the Walton family..... I hate their guts in a Christian way.
And I'd love to see them in bristol va before ramsey is able to get wine into grocery stores..... HURRY hurry......
Ton ramsey is a Koch Sucker and a traitor to America. Pancreatic cancer oils serve him justice ....
But all in a Christian way, right??? Smh. No wonder so many are turned off by religion.
Patrick

Johnson City, TN

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I have taken the pledge too. The count is almost 1 million and it's less than a month old. They hope to get 10,000,000 to pledge not to buy a single item until employee wages are raised and a few other demands are met.

Costco pays their employees a living wage something like $21 per hour.

I gotta admit, I've been temped . I was tempted today even, but a pledge is a pledge.

I WILL NOT SHOP AT WALMART.

and I'm with what's his name .? I hate Ron Ramsey in a totally Christian way.

It's nothing personal, I just hate fat, pill-popping, divisive nazis who everything they do is swipe serving and ever,thing they say is a lie. Other than that, he's a pretty good dude.

Please let a costso come. Weed out the rednecks.
Rupert Summers

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$21 per hour?

That is a flat lie!

Nurses, Cops, and teachers don't make that around here.

You expect me to believe that a 17 year old, high school drop out is gonna make that?

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