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Costco signs letter of intent to acquire 40-acre Johnson Drive site in Pleasanton

Original post made on Dec 28, 2015

With 22,000 members in Pleasanton, it's no surprise that Costco Wholesale wants to build a store here to relieve the overcrowded conditions it has at its stores in Livermore and Danville.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 28, 2015, 8:03 AM

Comments (42)

Posted by Build it!
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

It would be fantastic to have a Costco in town! I am so sick of spending my dollars in other cities. It would be a great thing for the city.

Posted by Roger Smith
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

I think having Costco in that area would be a big plus for Pleasanton residents. The Shell gas stations on Hopyard and Santa Rita exits just sell gas at inflated prices.

Posted by jaycee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

Bring it on!! As long as they provide improved road/traffic conditions it should be a benefit to all and certainly the city of Pleasanton.

Posted by Downtown Res
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

Yes, please please bring in Costco! I have a membership and I would use it 3x more if I had a Costco in town, and although it's not that far, having to drive to Livermore for Costco is a pain. While we're at it, can we get an Ikea up in here?

Posted by Bob12
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

As much as I would like a local Costco - Stoneridge is already too busy with cut through traffic from the 680/580 grid lock mess that is destined to get worse. The San Francisco Premium shops between Pleasanton & Livermore are expanding and draw considerable traffic to Stoneridge, the completed link of Stoneridge to Livermore has created even more traffic. - - And adding a high traffic retail store like Costco will add even more traffic to Stoneridge without any doubt. - - Just how much traffic can you put on the local main streets of Pleasanton before you destroy our already congested city????
- - - Sorry, but thumbs down simply due to too much traffic already going for Stoneridge - - -

Posted by Gram-ME
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

Gram-ME is a registered user.

It's about time!!

Posted by Pam Itwin
a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

Obviously none of the respondents backing Costco have attended the information sessions describing the minimal street work to accommodate the store, the fiscal impact on local businesses nor the lack of answers re: how long until the fiscal backing, forgiven fees & tax-payer based road improvements would be balanced by incoming tax.
The only citizens for this project don't live in the area.
I can promise that politicians supporting this plan can expect strong opposition @ their next bid for reelection given how staff & council have turned a deaf ear to those who have expressed concern about this project.

Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

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Posted by Dave C
a resident of Old Towne
on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

I frequent the Livermore store and find it almost impossible to find a parking spot during the week, and yes weekends are impossible to get in. I fully support the Pleasanton plan for Costco. Widening of Johnson was always part of the city's plan. Black Tie should get an employee parking lot like other businesses.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

That would' be too bad that black tie limos employees couldn't park on city streets anymore and those she'll gas stations would have to adjust their prices to compete, life goes on, provide parking for your employees, quit gouging people at the gas pumps!!

Posted by westsider
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

The added income would be welcome for ptown but I am very leery that the roads and proper parking could be adequately designed and built. I travel Johnson daily and the light on Stoneridge at the freeway ramp is already packed at rush hour. Also given the planning commission and council's utter design failure and an amazing lack of parking at the Bernal Safeway center-I am not convinced this will work.

Posted by kates
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 28, 2015 at 11:09 am

Yes to Costco. Also, yes for a IKEA in Dublin, Pleasanton or Livermore. I know Dublin turned down IKEA several years ago.

Posted by Swimmer75
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

Traffic, Traffic & More Traffic has destroyed this once beautiful City of Pleasanton! Agree with Bob's & Pam's statements above!! We recently SOLD OUR HOUSE that is two blocks from Stonebridge & Newton Drive!! We are tired of living near the Stoneridge Drive FREEWAY?? The beautiful city of Lakewood Ranch, Florida awaits us where there is no traffic, no noise, no pollution, happy people
& beautiful beaches!!!

Posted by Say it isn't so
a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:17 pm

The last thing we need is Costco! Smart and final is on the same road and the other two costco's are not that far. This is a horrible idea!

Posted by lisa bradley
a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

The Costco on Airway is just fine. I do not understand why we want to take a beautiful city and just keep crowding it up. People dont even have patience any more which is really sad. I got ran over by a lady in the coscto line while placing me things on the conveyor belt. She did even say sorry. all she had was a pair of pants. the need for a basket was odd to me. then ry getting out of the parking lot at any Costco Fresno, san jose, Santa clara. What a mess. I love costco. but there has to be a better location traffic is NOT so heavy.

Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

If you build it they will come.
Bring on Costco, the city needs the tax revenue.

Posted by Please Stop
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

The city might need the tax revenue but this is not the place to put a Costco.

Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Bring the Costco. My money can finally stay in the city. Black Tie parking? They can do what other companies do and they own their own shuttles. Move to Florida? Yeah, enjoy the hurricanes, humidity, sink holes, bugs, rising waters and Jerry Springer neighbors. Costco will empty the pockets of 680 travelers and their tax dollars can stay in our city instead of ours constantly going to other cities and counties. For us it'll be a 6 mile round trip instead of 30 miles to Danville.

Posted by Dave C
a resident of Old Towne
on Dec 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

If Las Positas off ramp was completed there wouldn't be so much traffic on Stoneridge and Bernal.

Posted by to Dave C
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Dec 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

There would still be the same amount of traffic, it might be spread out a bit more, but Pleasanton would still be a cut through community. I did not see that as a goal for Pleasanton, which to the best of my knowledge, is not a good quality for any town unless you run a quick stop 7-11 or a gas station.

Posted by Roz
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Dec 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Castro Valley,Dublin,San Lorenzo and Kelly Hill can't wait. Bring it!

Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

All for it ! Can't see a morning commute bottleneck ...Costco won't open until 11 am. Less water use as well.

Posted by Brian
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:48 pm

The owner of Black Tie will change his tune after he has a few of those $1.50 hot dog/sodas.

Posted by Jim
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Isnt there any land available on the west side of Pleasanton for mega-stores like Costco? Would be nice to spread some of this congestion to the other side of 680...

Posted by Rob
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:47 am

Since nobody lives on Johnson Drive, the arguments about the traffic seem a little silly. The location is perfect

Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Dec 29, 2015 at 5:39 am

@Jim :"Isnt there any land available on the west side of Pleasanton for mega-stores like Costco? Would be nice to spread some of this congestion to the other side of 680..."

Nope. Sorry. You can have it. But thanks for asking.


Posted by Tom
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

Please build it. The Costco stores in Livermore and Danville are overcrowded and Costco would be the best retail facility that we could hope for on this property. It is ideally located and would greatly benefit Pleasanton. Costco is a great company with great products that would serve our community well. Build it as soon as possible.

Posted by Dave Walden
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

Dave Walden is a registered user.

I support Costco coming to Pleasanton. I have lived in Castro Valley for six years and will be coming back to Pleasanton and I think the added tax revenue from Costco will make Pleasanton a "richer" place to live.

I certainly undertand Bill Wheeler's concerns though. He has worked hard for many many years to build a successful business in Black Tie - I remember his first location and how he explained to his pregnant wife that he had quit his job, therefor lost his health insurance, and had started a limo company. Bill and Jennifer worked hard and built up a significant business for Pleasanton and the east bay. This will hurt him.

In the long run, it will be a good thing for Pleasanton - sorry Bill.

Posted by build it
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:59 am

I support this Costco. It's a great location and will be a huge source of revenue for Pleasanton.

There are many arguments for and against, most have some merit. One that does not is the potential harm to Black Tie. The Costco will not be built on their site, forcing them off. The free street parking that his employees have used for so long may be a thing of the past but where was it ever guaranteed that he would be entitled to free parking? He can continue to purchase gas at the overpriced Shell stations or he can benefit from the lower price at Costco. I see this as a potential win for his company just due to the lower cost of fuel.

The land is not going to remain vacant. Would those who protest Costco prefer water hungry condos that would add more kids to the already over-crowded schools? Costco is an extremely ethical company. I recently dealt with their corporate office with regard to a vendor who was not paying his suppliers for the product. Suppliers were having problems feeding their families and paying their bills. The corporate office went to the vendor with a list of those who had not been paid and told him to "pay them right now or get your product off of our shelves." What other company would fight for those down the chain in that way? We could not ask for a better neighbor in town than Costco.

Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

@ build it:
Well said....not to mention all the jobs this will bring to the local economy.

Posted by Look at the Future--Say NO!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

While people want the convenience of another Big Box store in Pleasanton, they are not paying attention to the eventual costs to bring one here. Already residents successfully opposed a Walmart in Pleasanton, not wanting the city to become another characterless, retail-inundated town like Dublin and lose what local charm and character we still have.

To really evaluate the value of Costco coming to Pleasanton, 'reporters' such as the one who did this article should leave the obvious bias behind and look at the real issues. A place to start would be Web Link

And those 22,000 Costco members that would rise up? I imagine many of them are also frustrated by the rising traffic problems and loss of downtown retailers, and would prefer to continue using the Dublin and Danville/San Ramon stores and leave the traffic and other problems to them.

Posted by Ennis
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:44 am

If the city can solve the congestion issues through road widening and improved access then why not build?
In terms of development, residential is a non-starter so it has to be either commercial or retail (and the commercial that has been there 'ain't exactly pretty'). We could have a multi-level eyesore similar to those across the freeway.
In terms of harm - if there are 22,000 Costco members in Pleasanton, then the downtown retailers have already been dealing with the effects of the Livermore location for years and have figured out a way to survive. In terms of wages, Costco are lauded for their compensation, benefits, and career opportunities which is why their turn-over is so low (particularly when compared to any other retailers.)
Economic impact - I would assume the taxes generated will be a positive benefit to the city (and the tax $ could be used to address downtown parking needs- wouldn't that be a nice twist.)
Black Tie - there appears to be a sizeable amount of unused parking behind DT.
This isn't greenfield building (which is seriously out-of-hand in the Tri-Valley area) and something has to go there, so why not Costco?

Posted by Rich
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 29, 2015 at 11:55 am

Costco and the other commercial aspects of the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) is just terrible plan. The amount of vehicle traffic that the plan has estimated from Costco, a planned hotel and multiple planned restaurants that will exit and enter Johnson Drive at Stoneridge Drive will cause severe traffic problems. And during peak commute periods, traffic could backup onto 680. Once the public reviews the JDEDZ plan and truly considers the impact, the JDEDZ plan will not have a chance.

Posted by res
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

It seems like a Costco here would actually reduce traffic.

Pleasanton residents today have to drive to Livermore (where they either take the freeway from their homes, or go down Stoneridge towards Livermore). So this reduces traffic of Pleasanton residents.

Since there is already a Costco in Livermore and San Ramon, those who will be using a Pleasanton Costco would be Pleasanton and Dublin residents. Being this Costco is near the border of Dublin, those from Dublin will not need to drive through Pleasanton neighborhoods.

As for big box stores, I don't think the issue in the past with Wal-Mart was because they are a big box store. It is because of their wages. Costco does not have the wage issue as they have good wages and benefits. If you go into the new Safeway, Safeway is starting to look like a big box store. It is huge.

Posted by Ann
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm

It just seems a shame to try an shoehorn in a high-traffic store like Costco into an area with poor access. Plus the EIR states that there are no mitigation measures for the impact on air quality. The City points out that they are putting in bike lanes on Johnson Drive, but Costco isn't the kind of store you run over to for a few items. What the traffic generated by a big box store what it will do is make it even more difficult to access the Alamo Canal trail.

Don't think that this store will only draw Dublin and Pleasanton residents. It is on I680, which means it will also be closer to all the towns to the south of us.

There is a huge vacant lot in Hacienda Business Park at Willow. It is close to two freeway on ramps and BART and within walking distance of the large transit village currently under construction. This would be a more convenient location for a Costco..

Posted by Gram-ME
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Gram-ME is a registered user.

To all of you so against Costco going in that location, look at what's happening to corner of Valley and Bernal! There was opposition to a Home Depot going there supposedly because of traffic. Well now there will be condos, retail and store(s) in there. Some of us Pleasantonians would have much rather welcomed Home Depot traffic than what's going to be happening daily there. Think about it people before you so oppose Costco. P-town can use tax revenues just as much as ant place else. We are not "above and beyond" as many might think.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Fully support Costco moving in. Bring it. Good company, good products/services, and overall value add to Pleasanton's growth/development.

Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm

@Gram-ME: "To all of you so against Costco going in that location, look at what's happening to corner of Valley and Bernal! There was opposition to a Home Depot going there supposedly because of traffic. Well now there will be condos, retail and store(s) in there."

I don't think that it's that simple. The reason that Pleasanton was forced to build more housing by the state was that the ratio of local jobs to the number of local residents was much too high. The state declared to Pleasanton that jobs and housing have to go together. if Pleasanton accepts more businesses, then it also has to accept the responsibility to allow local housing to be built in direct proportion to the number of jobs created, and not expect to just dump the housing responsibility off onto surrounding communities. When we agree to have a Costco or any other large business in Pleasanton, then we're taking on an additional housing burden as well. It's not an either/or proposition.

Posted by Knut
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Dec 30, 2015 at 4:04 am

Does anyone like the dump of gravel Besides Johnson drive? Any one in favor of 580 terrible traffic?
I assume not, so go ahead and bring in Costco. It will save 22,000 Pleasanton members gas to drive to the Airway Livermore Costco. Reduce some traffic on 580.

We will love it. Great idea. Sorry for people with special interest against this idea. There is always people who will protect their own interest in favor of the common good.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Personally, I think it's worth a shot. There are a couple reasons why I would put it there. One, all of those 22,000 Costco customers in Pleasanton wouldn't have to travel out to Livermore and back. Two, there would be more jobs available which is always a good thing. So overall, I think they should go ahead and JUST DO IT.

Posted by DJ
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

Yes to Costco!
If traffic is too congested at Stoneridge and 680, then build the on-ramp at Las Positas and 680 like we were told (in 1980s when we moved here) would built.

Posted by Gram-ME
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Gram-ME is a registered user.

FYI: You misunderstood my comment(s). I am not against housing in's needed. My comments were Re: all those opposed to Costco who are using specifically traffic as excuse. Again, as far as traffic concerns, Home Depot traffic would be less than housing, retail, Bernal and Valley, across from McDonald's. Be careful what you wish for....the final,outcome could be worse.

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