By Bob Uphues
North Riverside's mayor announced Monday that Costco has moved up its official opening date by a day. The retail warehouse will now officially open its doors to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, said Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr.
The store will hold a VIP event on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p. m.
The Costco warehouse is under construction at the corner of 26th Street and Harlem Avenue on land that was formerly home to the Edward Don Company. When it goes online in November, Costco is expected to become the village's biggest sales tax revenue producer.
Costco in March purchased 16 acres of the Edward Don site from a real estate partnership for $5.5 million and broke ground on the new facility in July.
Four acres of land fronting Harlem Avenue are still owned by the real estate partnership and will be divided into four outlots. To date, no leases have been signed for any of the outlots, though the Red Robin burger chain is reportedly interested in one of the parcels.