Bulk Jobs And Savings for Ipswich with Costco Announcement

A THUMBS UP FOR JOBS AND GROWTH IN IPSWICH: Cr Kylie Stoneman, Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone and Mayor Andrew Antoniolli on the prospective Costco site.

It’s the news Ipswich desperately needed to hear after last week’s exorbitant job losses.

Retail giant Costco has confirmed they will open their second Queensland store in Bundamba, creating approximately 280 retail jobs and 80 construction jobs.

Site preparation works will commence immediately, with a store opening expected in late 2018.

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has confirmed both jobs and Costco suppliers will remain local.

“While there was bad news for Ipswich on the jobs front last week, I talked about our resilience; our ability to fight back. This is a reflection of that,� Cr Antoniolli said.

“Costco has indicated it will actively engage with Queensland based suppliers and that is good news, particularly for our region.�

The site, which is located within Stage 1 of the Citiswich Industrial Estate will be the equivalent size of two football fields and will include a wholesale warehouse, Costco fuel station, a tyre centre, optical centre, hearing aid centre and food court.

Cr Antoniolli believes the deal will not only incite other large companies to choose Ipswich as a base, but to also drive competitive pricing and out of town visitors.

“The confidence that’s been shown by Costco in choosing Ipswich over many other potential locations proves that our location, our region has so much to offer,� Cr Antoniolli.

“It will no doubt encourage other major companies to look at Ipswich as a base for their operations, which in turn means more jobs for our proud city.

“The direct and indirect benefits to Ipswich will be enormous.�

Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone confirmed Ipswich residents will benefit from some of the best-known brands at the lowest possible price.

“We will have the highest quality products at the best possible price in all departments, from fresh food, electronics, clothing to cleaning supplies,� Mr Noone said.

“We have been trading in North Lakes since 2014 with great success and are excited to be bringing Costco to a dynamic, ever growing region.�

Ipswich locals will be able to buy a Gold Star membership for $60, whilst local business owners and operators will be applicable for a Business membership for $55.