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Costco Coming to Cumming?

Negotiations for purchase of the property on Bald Ridge Marina Road have stalled.

Hay and grass have been put down to prevent erosion on land where Costco is suppose to be built (Credit: Liz Kennedy).
Hay and grass have been put down to prevent erosion on land where Costco is suppose to be built (Credit: Liz Kennedy).

Plans to build a Costco store in Cumming may have come to a standstill, but city officials say they’re hopeful plans will move forward, possibly within the next couple of weeks.

“From what I understand, there is some negotiating between the land owners and Costco,” City Administrator Steve Bennett said. “We’re really optimistic that they can work it out, whatever that may be. We haven’t been told that anyone’s backed out of it and that it won’t happen.”

According to The Forsyth Herald, Emory Lipscomb, a Cumming attorney representing the owner of the property at the intersection of Bald Ridge Marina Road and Market Place Boulevard, told media outlets that he and fellow attorney Jim Butler “chose to turn down Costco's proposal.”

Lipscomb did not return a phone call from Cumming Patch seeking comment.

Although it appears a deal for the sale of the land hasn’t been reached, the land for the 148,000 square-foot building and its 650 space parking lot has been cleared and grading work has started, Bennett said. Hay and grass also have been put down to prevent erosion.

“Maybe there was some work done in good faith,” Bennett said.

The city is funding infrastructure improvements in the area.

“We thought this would be a good time to do it,” the city administrator said. “We’re not going to stop if the project (does).”

Bennett said he thinks a deal may be reached in the next couple of weeks.

“I would think sooner rather than later,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out, there probably would have to be at a later date more measures put on there for erosion. You don’t want to extend all that if you’re planning to bulldoze that all up.”

Costco hasn’t applied for a business license or building permit, but the contractor was granted a clearing and grubbing permit, and just last month, the city council approved an alcohol permit, which is required for commercial properties in multiple-use districts.

Jeff Brotman, chairman of the board for Costco, declined to comment on the store slated for Forsyth County.

“We don’t talk about anything that isn’t a done deal,” Brotman said. “We’re not going to talk about Cumming.”

Before it stalled, the project was slated to be completed in November.

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Marc July 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM
What? All this work done under speculation? And tax money used for infrastructure? I thought those days were behind us. I guess our memories are short ones.
Marley Kramer August 18, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Too bad. I like Costco. I live in Cumming. My membership to Costco (located in Alpharetta) expired in July. Had there been confirmation that Costco and the land owner had reached a deal, I would have renewed my Costco membership. Instead, I joined BJs in Cumming. So Costco has a year to make up their mind whether they want my business or not.
Marley Kramer August 18, 2013 at 09:50 PM
What do we have to do to get a Trader Joe's here in Cumming? Don't care much for Whole Foods, Harry's...too pricey. There is speculation either of those two might be coming to south Forsyth at Castleberry and Majors. Much prefer Trader Joe's. The analogy that just popped into my mind is that while I like a good haircut, I don't need Pepe LePew to cut my hair. I can still get a good haircut at half the price.
Angela D. August 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM
The article reads like the attorney's are balking for more money for the land owner? While I appreciate business deals and negotiations, I also find that a good faith agreement being broken for more money in the negotiation process, is bad business all the way around. The people who will lose in this, will not only be the shoppers who appreciate having a Costco here in Cumming, but also, many people who could find a good paying job via Costco here in Cumming. Something seems very unfortunate about this...and a little uncomfortable. If this falls through, it makes little sense that negotiations weren;t solid prior to the "done deal". Why would Costco put so much of a front end investment in? Very strange indeed. I hope this happens for Cumming. We need it for a variety of reasons. My 2 cents.

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