Costco in Ankeny finally opens on Thursday.
Following a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:45 a.m., the members-only warehouse store at 4000 N.E. Spectrum Drive in Ankeny officially opened.
For more than a year, residents of Ankeny and central Iowa have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Costco.
In fall 2021, the official approval of the plan for a 150,000 square foot Costco store and 37,000 square foot distribution centre.
Beginning in the spring, the store's construction quickly took shape on the vacant property.
The Ankeny store is situated off Interstate 35's exit 94, nearly halfway between Ames and downtown Des Moines.
The Davenport, Coralville, and West Des Moines locations of Costco are also in Iowa, making the Ankeny location the second in the state's central region.
The Costco in Ankeny is a component of the Spectrum 36 master plan's larger development.
which would be a complex off Northeast 36th Street with shops, residences, and a park.