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Store’s draw means lots of traffic

It appears Costco’s arrival in Guelph could be quite a smooth ride for the membership warehouse big box chain. A new report from city planners is recommending council approve zoning changes without any further ado to allow a huge Costco to be built on the western edge of the city. It could open as soon as next fall, Costco officials told a council meeting in June.
Councillors Cam Guthrie and Gloria Kovach have indicated they intend to stress the need for traffic calming measures on Whitelaw Road, some of whose residents have tried to rally opposition to Costco. That would be a good move for the two Ward 4 councillors, who will be in the spotlight when the proposed rezoning goes to council for approval next Monday. City planners say nothing more than extra monitoring of traffic will be needed initially on Whitelaw, to see if traffic calming measures are needed after the Costco is built. But council should pay close attention now, not just later, to the safety concerns of residents of that two-lane road.
A Costco store just west of the big west-end Zehrs will be quite a draw for that area of town. It’s worth noting that a Costco official said in June that the chain already has about 16,000 members from the Guelph area, including 4,000 business owners, who currently go to Costco stores in other cities. A lot of people will no doubt think a Costco  can’t be built here soon enough.

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