Costco eyes retail warehouse, gas station in Camarillo
Camarillo could be getting its own Costco.
Costco Wholesale filed initial paperwork to the city on Nov. 14 to build a 169,397-square-foot retail warehouse and gas station next to a Home Depot on West Ventura Boulevard, between Highway 101 and the Camarillo Airport.
The project still needs to go before the Planning Commission, but Costco anticipates opening its doors in mid-to-late 2024 if approved, the city said in press release.
“The economic development potential Costco brings to Camarillo is phenomenal,” City Manager Greg Ramirez said in the release.
The retail giant, known for selling $1.50 hotdogs and products in bulk, has locations in Oxnard, Simi Valley and Westlake Village.
An analysis cited by the city found that Camarillo residents regularly travel to the nearby locations. About half the city's population, for example, travels to Costco's Oxnard store.
In the last 12 months, about 36,650 Camarillo residents visited the Oxnard store 386,740 times, the documents show. State demographic data estimates Camarillo had a population of 70,171 as of Jan. 1.
In the same timeframe, approximately 12,710 residents visited the Westlake Village location 89,500 times. Another 6,260 residents shopped at the Simi Valley store 32,800 times.
Additionally, the Simi Valley Costco was the most popular out-of-town gas station in the county. About 3,430 Camarillo residents pumped gas there 13,060 times.
“Obviously there’s alot of sales tax dollars that could be going to Camarillo,” said Nancy Lindholm, CEO of the West Ventura County Business Alliance. “I’m sure that’s welcome news to the city of Camarillo.”
Although she doesn’t know how many jobs Costco could bring to Camarillo, Lindholm said the Oxnard location employs 181 full-time and 142 part-time employees.
Costco officials declined to comment on the property until the project has been approved.
The city is currently reviewing project applications and will conduct an environmental review if the paperwork is deemed complete, city spokesperson Michelle Glueckert D’Anna said in an email.
The project will then go before the Planning Commission for a public hearing. After a 10-day appeal period and additional permitting requirements are met, the city may issue building permits to Costco.
Costco and property owner Primestor Development Inc., a Culver City-based developer, are currently negotiating a price for the 20-acre property, according to the release.
Primestor did not return multiple requests for comment.
Brian J. Varela covers Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-477-8014. You can also find him on Twitter @BrianVarela805.