Just a few months ago, Aussies were collectively laughing at memes about the rising price of lettuce. Well, it seems that the time for laughter has passed, with prices for just about everything soaring to exorbitant levels. If you're feeling the cost of living pinch, there's good news on the horizon: beloved bulk-buy supermarket Costco has just announced plans to open three new stores in Victoria.
All three stores are set to open within the next two years, with two opening in Melbourne and the third landing in Geelong. And while most details are still under wraps, so far we know two things: a whopping $50 million has been allocated for each development, and a western suburbs address has been revealed for the first of the two Melbourne stores.
Brimbank Council has released a proposal to demolish an existing warehouse at 740 Ballarat Road in Ardeer to make way for a 14,252-square-metre Costco complete with an 18-pump petrol service station. The site will also feature more than 800 parking spaces, reserved space for 20 electric vehicle charging stations, a tyre centre and specialty departments including an optical centre and a hearing aid centre.