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Costco eyes expansion of Boise warehouse

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Costco Wholesale is considering an expansion to its Boise store.

The Washington-based retail giant told the City of Boise it plans to hold a neighborhood meeting to expand the store on Cole Rd. for what it calls an MDO distribution facility.

MDO is an internal acronym for market delivery operations – or the delivery of big and bulky items to customers’ homes. The company is also looking for a general manager for the new operation at the Boise store.

Another big box retailer – Home Depot – recently asked the City of Nampa for permission to build a similar operation. It allows stores like Costco and Home Depot to locate larger items closer to customers instead of shipping them in from far-flung warehouses, speeding home delivery times.

The 24-acre Costco site contains a large open field to the west of the store adjacent to a car wash operation, though it isn’t clear from the application where the expansion might take place – or if it will be attached to the existing store.

In 2020, Costco purchased Innovel Solutions from the owner of Sears and Kmart. The Innovel purchase was part of Costco’s strategy to improve its online sales efforts.

A neighborhood meeting doesn’t mean a project will move forward to a formal application.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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