The third-ever Costco Business Centre in Ontario officially opened its doors this week in St. Catharines.
The city’s old Costco location, now occupied by the new 122,000-sq-ft business centre at 3 North Service Road, closed in November and was relocated to 7500 Pin Oak Drive in Niagara Falls to allow the St. Catharines warehouse to undergo conversion.
CostcoThe new store, which is only the fifth one in Canada, has created 140 local jobs with an average hourly salary of $26, Costco says.
“I am excited Costco selected St. Catharines to be home to just its fifth Business Centre location in the country,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.
“Costco’s continued investment in our community helps strengthen our local economy – creating 140 local jobs, supporting the needs of businesses of all sizes, and also continuing to serve our residents.”
Costco’s Business Centres are open to anyone with a Costco membership. They’re similar to a regular Costco but are focused on providing items for restaurants and small businesses. Things like household items, books, toys, and clothes typically aren’t carried.
But what you can get are jaw-droppingly big bulk food items, like a 3 kg tub of Nutella or a 10 kg tub of peanut butter. And for anyone who really loves loading up their pasta with parmesan, there’s a 91 lb wheel of the cheese available — but it’ll cost you a whopping $992.
“Costco members will find our product offering to be unique, while always offering great value,” said Randy Vansevenant, Warehouse Manager of the new location.
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Although shopping capacity is limited in Ontario right now due to COVID-19 restrictions, the new Costco Business Centre has 575 parking spots, so it can accommodate a large number of shoppers once it is allowed to do so.
Until then, you can spend your time calculating how many wheels of cheese you can fit in your car.