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Costco seeks more parking at its East Anchorage store for former Sam’s Club customers

  • Author: Devin Kelly
  • Updated: November 1, 2018
  • Published November 1, 2018

The Costco warehouse store in East Anchorage may be getting more parking space.

The store on DeBarr Road experienced an uptick in traffic and customers after its wholesale competitor, Sam's Club, closed earlier this year, documents submitted to the city planning department show.

"With the closure of all Anchorage Sam's Clubs, this Costco location has seen an increase in membership and customers and their current site does not sufficiently meet parking demands," Tim Potter of DOWL, the engineering firm working with Costco, wrote in the application for a site plan review.

Costco's existing lot has 731 parking spaces, and the company is looking at an undeveloped parcel at the southeast end of the property for 80 additional spots. Employees would use the new spots, freeing up more parking for customers elsewhere in the lot, the application says.

As part of the project, a pedestrian walkway would be extended from DeBarr Road to the southeast corner of the store, Potter said in an interview.

The problem hasn't necessarily been that customers were having trouble finding places to park, Potter said.

"But you go there on a Saturday, and depending on the time of year it can be pretty hectic," Potter said.

A Costco representative didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The documents estimate the total cost of the project at about $500,000. The city planning and zoning commission will hold a hearing on the application Monday.

The East Anchorage Costco was built in the 1990s. Sam's Club had two locations in Anchorage before its statewide closure, one in Muldoon and one on Old Seward Highway.

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