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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/26/2010

Council majority supports Costco in Wheaton

By Washington Post editors

A majority of Montgomery County Council members support spending $4 million to build a Costco in the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center, The Gazette reports.

In a memo, Council President Nancy Floreen (D-Garrett Park), said that five of the nine council member support the subsidy, which would help Costco construct a $60 million, 232,000-square food store. The store, which would fill the space formerly occupied by the Hecht's department store, might also include a 16-pump gas station nearby if a zoning amendment backed by County Executive Isiah Leggett is approved.

By Washington Post editors  | March 26, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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This is serious BS. Whatever happened to creating a viable downtown? Another huge appendage on Wheaton Plaza's side will simply distract Westfield from its struggling neighbors.

Posted by: crzytwnman | March 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's already a Target there, so it could be renamed Big Box Store Mall.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Guest1234 | March 26, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dorofacol | March 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Why are the tax payers paying a chunk of building a store for a company? What do we get out of it?

And don't say jobs. It will take a lot of years of taxes on minimum wage jobs to get back $4M.

Posted by: rrosen3 | March 26, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The community would have been better served if that $4M were used to develop a walkable, commuter-friendly Wheaton.

Posted by: kemodog | March 26, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

sales tax?

Posted by: vthokie1 | March 29, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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