Days after rumors swirled about Trader Joe’s scouting locations in Little Rock, former mayor Mark Stodola hints that wholesale retailer Costco is eyeing the capital city as well.
Stodola tells us he met with reps from Costco at least once while attending a convention in Las Vegas during Stodola’s term as mayor.
Stodola left office in December 2018.
Stodola says Costco looked at two sites in the city: an area near Interstate 630 and University and also an area near Highway 10 and River Mountain Road in west Little Rock.
“I do think they are interested, but they do have a specific demographic that they try to analyze,” Stodola said by phone on Friday.
Costco’s website states the company does not comment on future store locations further than three months ahead of the opening. Right now, Little Rock is not listed on its three-month-out list.
The nearest Costco locations that are opening soon include a store in Oklahoma City in May and a store in the business center of Dallas in July, according to the Costco website.
Cypress, Texas — a city with a population size of 180,000 — is also on the list for an imminent Costco opening in July as well.
Costco is a membership warehouse club that offers a variety of different products and services ranging from groceries to furniture.
Right now, there are no Costco locations in Arkansas.
California-based grocer Trader Joe’s is rumored to be nearing a deal to open its fist Arkansas store in Little Rock. The chain confirmed this month that it is looking at locations in the Little Rock area.
Stodola told us in 2017 that he had planned meetings with Trader Joe’s and discussed its move to Little Rock with a local realtor.