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Costco eyes up new Gloucester branch on Eastern Avenue

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

  • HEADING FOR CITY? The Costco wholesaler in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

  • earmarked: The former Interbrew site in Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.

  • goods yard: The back of the old Interbrew site.

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CHEAP cash and carry warehouse Costco has launched plans to open their latest branch in Gloucester.

The former Interbrew site in Eastern Avenue could be transformed into the membership-only retailer as part of plans submitted to Gloucester City Council.

The American firm sells cheap goods in bulk, aiming them at large families and small businesses.

They sell anything from food and wine to furniture and electricals and jewellery and toys.

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Cash and carry user Justin Hudson, owner of Butlers bar in Eastgate Street, said: "I used Bookers Wholesale at Barnwood and they have been great for us for food stuff and cleaning equipment but I suppose competition is always healthy. There is definitely a need for this sort of thing."

The 13,025 sq m site would boast 700 parking spaces and a restaurant.

If the plans are approved it would be a remarkable turnaround for a site which closed down earlier this year under the brand of drinks trade firm AB InBev.

The site once employed hundreds of workers under the Whitbread brand, but it became Interbrew in 2000 and later, in 2008, AB InBev – while staffing dwindled from 400 in its prime to just 15 in its last few days of operation.

Phil Staddon, of PJS Development Solutions, which is the agent for applicant Javelin Properties Ltd, said: "We see it as a continuation of the regeneration around the Metz Way area.

"There has already been some major changes there with the new Morrisons on the Railway Triangle. This site where Interbrew was is tired and in need of regenerating.

"This is not a shop in the conventional sense – it would be a cash and carry for small to medium sized businesses. It would be a huge benefit for independent businesses in Gloucester."

Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "The planning committee will have to look closely at the detail, but this is potentially an exciting scheme.

"It will improve a key gateway into the city. The committee will need to be confident that there will be no impact on the city centre, but it looks on the face of it to be a complementary offer."

The proposal is likely to go before the planning committee in January.

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  • Saraweaver  |  February 13 2014, 9:22PM

    Disappointed.com! After looking at the associated docs for the planning application, I can see that Costco have NOT submitted any plans to open a warehouse in Gloucester which is a massive disappointment to me as it is a real chore driving to Bristol to their Avonmouth depot. Come on glos citizen, maybe update your readers or is there no story anymore?

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  • giroux321  |  January 05 2014, 5:19PM

    FreeRadical1...Costco is a wholesale club. Things are sold in large quantities at mostly good prices however you must be careful when shopping there as with anywhere. Just because its a lot of it doesnt mean a good price :) Its meant to supply business consumers mainly.

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  • giroux321  |  January 05 2014, 5:15PM

    Jas37..I will rephrase. We have enough supermarkets. I dont think we need anymore...esp in the centre of town! People come to the quays and then wander to town and i have heard very often that the town centre and the shops really let gloucester down. I totally agree. I think gloucester has great potential and hope the council get it right! Looking forward to seeing what they do with my fingers and toes crossed!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 05 2014, 1:58PM

    I've never heard of CostCo until now.

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  • jas37  |  January 05 2014, 11:21AM

    giroux321, How have you come to the conclusion that we have too many Supermarkets, what formula have you used? From what I have witnessed the local Supermarkets seem too be trading well. If there were too many wouldn't some of them be struggling or even closing down?

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  • CherryMuppet  |  January 05 2014, 1:01AM

    Costco is very different to other supermarkets in Gloucester. Different products and big packs of things. Their cheesecake is the best I've had outside of New York City. Is this the DHL TradeTeam site they are talking about?

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  • giroux321  |  January 04 2014, 10:39PM

    Nope GlosAnarchy...was driving home from Scotland so no access to net. Not everything is a good deal in Costco but they do have wonderful bargains to be had. It is a wholesale club so you must be a member and we have for years. Not a member of any pr team...just a stay at home mummy who would like to have one here so I dont need to drive to bristol. I agree there are too many supermarkets in Glos and the council should really start trying to improve the whole shopping situation. I get so tired of having to drive to places like Cardiff and Bristol or Birmingham to get a GOOD variety of shops or ones that I would like to shop in. I think we are pretty well set for discount shops or pound stores.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 04 2014, 8:33PM

    Isn't it funny ANY criticism of this and you get red arrowed, any chance their PR team have joined? Only one comment giroux321 ?

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  • drayman12  |  January 04 2014, 6:06PM

    Could be while coming here the company that has the site at mo has a deal they must be given 18 months notice to leave

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  • honslknjklyt  |  January 04 2014, 4:44PM

    Costco is expensive, however, as former members but got tired of going to Bristol, they do have marvellously different things and the quality is superb. Absolutely superb. I really hope this does happen.

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