Costco opened a new 151,000 sq. ft. store Friday on the Tsuut’ina Nation just southwest of Calgary, its first ever warehouse to be located on a First Nation.
The store is located at the new Taza Exchange retail development at 12905 Buffalo Run Blvd., at the corner of the newly built southwest Calgary Ring Road and 130th Avenue S.W.
“With the opening of our seventh warehouse in Calgary, including the surrounding area, we can provide Southwest Calgary with a more convenient shopping experience,” said Costco Wholesale Canada senior vice president David Skinner in a release.
“We are excited to be working with the Tsuut’ina Nation at Taza, and be able to give our valued members, businesses, and the surrounding community the advantage of shopping locally.”
The store created more than 80 job opportunities for Tsuut’ina and Calgary citizens, Costco said.
Dozens of shoppers waited outside and watched the ribbon-cutting ceremony so they could be among the first to see the new store.
Costco is the first anchor tenant in The Shops at Buffalo Run retail centre, part of the Tsuut’ina Nation’s 1,200 acre Taza retail, office and tourism development.
“The official opening of SW Calgary Costco validates that Taza is open for business,” said Taza Development Corp. CEO William Briscoe in a release.
More stores and restaurants are scheduled to open in summer 2022.