Costco Still Coming to Little Rock


A rendering of a proposed Costco warehouse store on Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
A rendering of a proposed Costco warehouse store on Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock. (Costco)

Wondering when you might see work begin on the Costco in west Little Rock?

The publicly traded retailer headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, is expected to close by the end of this year on its purchase of 32 acres at the southwest corner of Chenal Parkway and Kirk Road, according to Jeff Maxwell, director of development at Whisinvest Realty.

The property is owned by KRS Parcel 8 LLC, an affiliate of Whisenhunt Investments LLC.

“They’ve got a lot of internal approvals and logistics and things to get lined up, and I don’t know, I don’t really know what all those are. But as part of our contract, we gave them a pretty good length of time to get those things done, but we still expect them to close before the end of the year,” Maxwell said.

With the pandemic, he said, “We’ve been curious as to whether they’re still going to, you know, stay on the same timeline, but I think all indications are that they will.”

Maxwell declined to disclose the purchase price and didn’t know when the company would break ground on its planned 165,000-SF warehouse store.

Jamie Collins, director of the Little Rock Planning & Development Department, said the building permit hasn’t been issued yet but Costco is planning to break ground within the next few months and to finish the store sometime next year.

It is expected to employ between 200 and 250 full- and part-time workers.