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Costco plans 1st Lake Norman location in Mooresville

Costco intends to open its first Lake Norman location in a planned 41-acre retail center at Brawley School and Talbert roads, off Interstate 77 Exit 35 in Mooresville.
Costco intends to open its first Lake Norman location in a planned 41-acre retail center at Brawley School and Talbert roads, off Interstate 77 Exit 35 in Mooresville. AP

Costco intends to open its first Lake Norman location in a planned 41-acre retail center at Brawley School and Talbert roads, off Interstate 77, Exit 35, in Mooresville.

The 155,500-square-foot Costco would be the development’s major anchor, according to Mooresville Planning Board documents. The Costco would include gas pumps.

A 63,000-square-foot Academy Sports is set to be the second anchor, documents show.

The site also will include six outparcels to be developed independently, according to the plans by Hammerford Development Co. of Toronto, Canada.

The project represents the first major development at Exit 35 since the interchange opened in 2013.

The Mooresville Planning Board on Feb. 11 is scheduled to consider Hammerford’s request for a rezoning for the development. The Mooresville Board of Commissioners, which has final say, has scheduled a public hearing and possible vote on the request for March 21.

A Costco spokeswoman said the company does not comment on specific locations.

The town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Brawley School Road Small Area Plan support such development at the interchange.

Costco is a membership warehouse club with hundreds of locations worldwide. For the fiscal year ended Aug. 30, 2015, total sales were $113.67 billion.

Costco has considered sites along I-77 in Mooresville for years. Its nearest other stores are on Tyvola Road in Charlotte, in Matthews and in Winston-Salem.

In 2013, the company submitted plans to the town of Mooresville to open off I-77, Exit 31, on Langtree Road at the lake.

But Mooresville’s town center zoning for the land in question off Langtree Road prohibited such big-box retailers as Costco, Mayor Miles Atkins said at the time.

Atkins told the Observer in 2013 that a Costco would fit better with the type of zoning off the Brawley School Road exit. Atkins said approving a zoning text amendment to allow a Costco along Langtree Road would open the door for other big-box stores, such as Home Depot, to move there also.

Home Depot is the chief competitor of Lowe’s, whose national headquarters is at Exit 31.

A Mooresville Costco would compete against a Sam’s Club and a BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse Club, both a mile north off I-77, Exit 36, N.C. 150.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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