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Costco is coming to Oklahoma…

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Citizens! In an attempt to make South Tulsa the ultimate suburban wonderland of the country, Costco has now joined the ranks of Whole Foods, Super Target, Lifetime Fitness, Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A, Walmart, Kohl’s, CVS, and Lowe’s and will be opening up a location on 101st and Memorial in 2015. This is great news if you have a large family, like $1.50 hot dog and soda combos, enjoy making meals out of free samples, or hoard food and home supplies like a Mormon.

From Tulsa World:

City officials announced this afternoon that a Costco will be coming to south Tulsa next year.

The store will be constructed on the northwest corner of 103rd Street and Memorial Drive. It is expected to employ about 200 people, a Costco representative said. It will be the first Costco in Oklahoma and is expected to open in summer 2015.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor Phil Lakin made the announcement at a press conference across the street from the site of where the store will be constructed.

Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corp. is a membership-only store with locations in more than 40 states. Costco offers everything from candy and snack foods to office supplies, automotive goods, appliances, gardening equipment and more.

“To have Costco in the Tulsa market is a home run for our city as the lifeblood of core services for cities across the state are based on retail sales and sales tax,” Bartlett said in a statement issued by his office. “This development should add to Tulsa’s tax base and continue our mission of bringing jobs and opportunities to Tulsans.”

Unsurprisingly, the reaction has been pretty positive. This is apparent from Tulsa World’s comment section.

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In typical First World Pains fashion, some curmudgeons took to the comment board to express their concerns:

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So, this dude is willing to duke it out with some housewives over giant baskets of produce, scale the walls for an economy pack of toilet paper, then wait in a 20 minute line at the cash register…but pulling a U-y at one of the six stoplights between 101st and 111th and Memorial is out of the question? Forget it bro, you don’t deserve those discount mini quiches.

Apparently, Costco was involved in some sort of religious moral panic a few years ago over what shelf the Bible was placed on within their book section:

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Nowadays, a company who accidentally offends religious people is like a city getting a NBA team or a person getting a blue check mark by their name on Twitter. You’re in the big league now!

Predictably, most of the comments on Tulsa World’s page were people who were thrilled to finally have an alternative to Sam’s Club. This one in particular made me laugh:

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I think this might be the first guy in the history of the universe to ever call Sam’s “uppity.”

Speaking of new companies coming and competing with “uppity” companies, the people of our great city have spoken on what company they want to see next:

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I guess first we need to convince our lawmakers to you know, let us buy wine at the grocery store…but if that ever happens, bring on the Two Buck Chucks!

The other (not so) crazy thing this means is that there’s now going to be a Super Target, Super Walmart, Reasor’s, Sprouts, and Costco all along the same 1 mile strip…and I can’t help but have several, several questions about this. Which stores will survive? Will Reasor’s have to make their Rewards Cards actually give away something more valuable than pennies off a gallon of gas? Who’s going to start home delivery programs first? Will Walmart please get an actual butcher section so I can have my filet mignon and pay my mortgage too?

The other thing you can almost guarantee is that someone coins a terrible name for this retail chain store strip. My money’s on Grocerutopia.

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Comments

  1. Tulsans like to say they get all the retailers before OKC because they’re somehow better but the reality is that it’s an easy choice for retailers to pick the city with total economic segregation in which all the wealth is concentrated into one part of town while the rest of the metro rots.

    • I’m from okc and now live in south tulsa. Your comment about economic segregation is quite interesting. Both cities share the same type of economic segregation. If okc didn’t have that issue, why was whole foods brought in to the classen curve and not, say, on the south side or midwest city? Fact is, south tulsa is growing at a ridiculous rate, so it sorta makes sense to build a store like that in such an area. Do you know how much traffic flows along the portion of memorial where this will be built? It mess the Penn/memorial or NW Expwy/Portland areas look like rural roads.

      And the rest of the town rots? Just like okc, tulsa has plenty of sides of town that your average middle class white lady would avoid.

        • My “rots” comment was harsh and for that I apologize. OKC itself has a large, depressed square bordered by I-35, 44, 40, and 240.
          However, the dense concentration of most of Tulsa’s wealth is the actual reason why it’s a testing ground for national retailers looking at this state. Despite OKC’s higher population, the wealth is much more spread out with pockets in Edmond/NW OKC, “Westmoore” OKC, Norman, and the exurban regions of Logan, Canadian and Oklahoma Counties.

  2. As a resident of a city that already has a Costco and a Trader Joe’s, I look down upon your huddled masses and laugh at you as I chug a bottle of mediocre, cheap wine and wipe my face with overpriced bulk items.

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