Carrie Rengers

Costco closes on $4 million purchase of more than 17 acres at Beechcraft

It looks as if a Costco Wholesale store, such as this one in Los Angeles, may be coming to Wichita. (March 6, 2013)
It looks as if a Costco Wholesale store, such as this one in Los Angeles, may be coming to Wichita. (March 6, 2013) File photo

The questions continue to be asked.

Is Costco really coming to Wichita?

When will the store open?

Is the company talking yet?

The answers: Looks like it; no clue; and nope, not yet.

Even though no one with the Washington-based wholesale grocery chain is sharing details yet, the company has closed on its purchase of Beechcraft property at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road.

According to documents filed with Sedgwick County, Costco paid $4,038,342 for more than 17 acres.

Have You Heard? first reported more than two years ago that the cost-cutting competitor to Sam’s Club was interested in the Kellogg and Webb site.

There have been signs of progress along the way, such as when the company filed an application to build at the corner and when Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture confirmed the deal in an Aviation Week story, though the publication later redacted the information.

Costco, however, has remained steadfastly silent.

A Costco representative on Tuesday said that the only two people at the company who are authorized to speak about deals are out of the country scouting other potential Costco sites. She then called back on Wednesday to say, “Costco’s policy is to not comment on specific markets. … If it goes into construction, there will be a notice on our Costco.com website under ‘coming locations’ at the bottom.”

When – or if – the company shares details, look for them here.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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