Construction work underway for Costco in New Berlin

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

April 23, 2015

  Large amounts of earth are being moved in the area where a new Costco store will be built at the corner of Grange Avenue and Moorland Road in New Berlin.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

NEW BERLIN - Construction workers were out in full force Wednesday despite the weather to move soil for preparing land at the northeast corners of Moorland Road and Grange Avenue for a Costco Wholesale store.

Nikki Jones with the New Berlin Department of Community Development said grading has started at the site, and while work is weather dependent, the plan is for Costco to open by late fall.

The final building, including the retail area and warehouse, will be about 154,000 square feet in space on 17 acres and will include an attached tire center. There will also be a freestanding gasoline fueling facility. In addition, 732 parking stalls at the Costco store are planned.

  Barricades block access to Grange Avenue at Moorland Road on Wednesday near construction around the location of a new Costco store. The road is only open for residents who live on it, their visitors and deliveries to those homes.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

According to documents filed with the city, a typical Costco employs about 175 to 200 full-time and part-time people.

On Tuesday, the New Berlin Police Department posted a warning on its Facebook page about the construction work and resulting road closure.

Due to the construction, Grange Avenue is closed to all but local traffic between Sunnyslope Road and Moorland Road.

“That means if you don’t live on that one-mile stretch of Grange, and you’re not visiting someone there or making a delivery there, you should be using College or Beloit Road to get around. Our officers will be conducting stepped up enforcement efforts in that area due to some near misses on the hill between vehicles that shouldn’t be there and dump trucks that should be there,” according to the post.