More than 7,000 seek job for new Costco store

Rapid construction should allow warehouse club to open by November.

More than 7,000 applicants have sought jobs at the new Costco store in Centerville in less than one week.

Construction crews are working quickly to complete the shell of the new warehouse store.

“We definitely have a lot of applications to go through,” said general manager Tim Borsvold. “We have so many different types of jobs within our location. Everything from a cake decorator to a tire installer to a pharmacy tech.”

Approximately 185 people will eventually be hired to work at the store at the corner of Wilmington Pike and Feedwire Road. The company began taking applications last week.

Borsvold said the company’s minimum wage is $11.50 an hour. Benefits kick in after a probationary period is completed. Once hourly employees climb to the top of the pay scale, he said people can make between $45,000 and $50,000 a year.

“It’s exceptional pay,” he said.

The store’s grand opening is slated for Nov. 3. Crews say the project is on schedule.

Work began on the roof of the store Tuesday. Tim Sprouse, superintendent for Span Construction, said crews are putting up 40,000 square feet of roofing a day.

“That’s like 15 homes a day,” he said.

Span constructs the shell of the building — the structure, roof, walls and signage. The company has been building for Costco for 20 years.

Sprouse said approximately 30 Costco stores will open this year worldwide. The company just opened its first store in Spain.

The structure in Centerville will be the first in the Miami Valley. Roughly 80 tons of steel — and 5,000 yards of concrete — will be used.

The store, an approximately 150,000-square-foot members-only warehouse with an attached tire center, will also boast a free-standing fuel station and 736 parking spaces. The facility will be Costco’s sixth store in Ohio.

Plans have called for Wilmington and Feedwire to both be widened and for intersection ramps to be upgraded. Traffic signals will be upgraded. Feedwire improvements are expected to conclude in October, roughly a month ahead of Costco’s intended opening.

Centerville City Manager Greg Horn has called the schedule “tight” — so tight that work on Wilmington might not be finished before the store’s grand opening.

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