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January 26, 2021

COSTCO LOGISTICS EYES PORT OF CHEHALIS SITE

CHEHALIS – It will eventually be the largest building in Lewis County…the proposed construction of a Costco Logistics distribution facility on property across from the Port of Chehalis offices at the intersection of Maurin and Rush Roads. Port of Chehalis CEO Randy Mueller briefed the Chehalis City Council Monday night on the project, which he says is now in the design phase. Mueller says, “The Port of Chehalis owns 35 acres and neighboring Puget Western Ink owns 65 acres and the number of 100 acre industrial sites up and down the I-5 corridor in Washington, you’ll be able to count them on one hand so it is truly a rare bird.” Mueller mentioned, “This represents about a decade of work…the completion of the LaBree interchange was built to add this kind of capacity for a project just like this.” “We’re really encouraged by the nature of the potential client”, he said.  “Costco Logistics is owned by the Costco company and is rated as one of the top three companies to work for in the state of Washington with a commitment to livable wages”, Mueller added. Next will be the sale of the property, permitting construction and realizing the eventual building of the first phase of construction of a 1.2 million square foot size facility…which may add another 300 square foot in the future.  In comparison the UNFI warehouse in Centralia is an estimated 1 million square feet and the Lowe’s distribution center under construction at the new Winlock Industrial Park will be approximately 1.2 million square feet in size. When talking about the proposed Costco Logistics facility, Mueller says, “This is really a mammoth project and we haven’t seen something on a scale like this and when completely built out to 1.5 million square feet, will be the biggest building in Lewis County and will be the third biggest distribution center in Washington State.” The best guess is construction would begin in the summer of 2022.

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