Costco inks incentive deal for new Kyle location

A new Costco store in Kyle will be opened near Evo Entertainment and Home Depot, and will employ some 225 employees with a $16 per hour starting wage.
A new Costco store in Kyle will be opened near Evo Entertainment and Home Depot, and will employ some 225 employees with a $16 per hour starting wage.

A new Costco store in Kyle will be opened near Evo Entertainment and Home Depot, and will employ some 225 employees with a $16 per hour starting wage.

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On July 27, Kyle announced a new Costco would open in the Dry River District near Evo Entertainment and Home Depot. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
On July 27, the city of Kyle and the Hays County Commissioners Court signed economic development agreements with Costco, which will open a new store in Kyle's Dry River District, a news release announced.

The new store will create some 225 jobs with a starting pay of $16 per hour. According to the city, the average hourly wage at Costco, without factoring in overtime but including an extra check component, is closer to $24.

“We have been working to make Kyle a hub for high-paying and high-quality jobs along the I-35 corridor, and having a company like Costco invest in our city is a valuable opportunity for our strong and always growing workforce,” City Manager Scott Sellers said in the release. “Costco is not only one of the top retailers in the world, but they also have a proven track record of taking care of their employees with very competitive wages and benefits.”

Costco's role as a job creator also aligns with the city's oft-stated goal of growing beyond its status as a bedroom community.

“Our goal for Kyle is for it to be a place that’s more than home, which involves creating a thriving economy that attracts quality employers so that residents can live and work in their community,” Mayor Travis Mitchell said in the release. "Costco investing in our city shows that we are primed for just that."

Groundbreaking and opening dates were not shared in the release, and Kyle officials did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

However, the 150,000-square-foot store has been a priority for Kyle's Economic Development Department for several years, the city said. It was also highly requested by residents seeking additional retail options in an annual community survey.

“I am excited for what this means for the city of Kyle," Mitchell said.

The membership-based retail giant has more than 800 locations worldwide, with 562 dotted across the United States and its territories.

Endeavor Real Estate Group is the developer of the 65-acre Dry River District the new store will be located in, which is also home to Evo Entertainment and Home Depot.

Details of the city's Chapter 380 economic development agreement and the county's Chapter 381 economic development agreement were not immediately available.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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