Roseburg (KMTR) - The first Costco store between Eugene and Medford could be open for business in time for Christmas, according to Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich. The Roseburg City Council Monday night agreed to annex a portion of land along NE Stephens Street into the Roseburg city limits. This week's action ends a year of dispute over the project, and apparently resolves disagreement whether Costco is a retail business or qualifies as a wholesale industrial operation. The land is currently in the city's urban growth boundary and zoned for industrial use. The council Monday night moved to annex the property and change the zoning to allow for commercial use as well. And that allows the Costco store, that argument in terms of is it wholesale or retail, it doesn't matter, said Rich. Because both of those (industrial and commercial) fit in the mixed use area. The Roseburg City Council held a first reading Monday night on the proposed annexation and zone change. Once the land is levelled, Rich said it would take Costco 110 days to build a new store and have it ready to open. Well, this is a strong boost to our economy. Costco has said they will employ about 150-200 people, said Rich. Costco's starting wage for its workers is about $11.00 an hour, and an average wage of $18.00 hourly, according to Rich. So we're talking about family wage jobs. And that's just perfect for our community. We want those family-wage jobs. Several procedural issues still need to be resolved, but Rich said he doesn't forsee any obstacles with Costco opening by the end of the year.
/ Source: KMTR-TV