|Wheaton Costco, April 10, 2013.|
I can confirm this by personal experience. This past Sunday I went to see the new Costco and was shocked by the number of people in the store and by the number walking around inside the mall near the store's entrance! There were too many people for the space so everyone had to walk slowly and inch around the giant shopping carts strewn about. The general mood was festive and energized.
The article states that "Customer traffic at the mall has generally increased following Costco’s arrival, said Ken Buckner, the mall’s marketing director, though he said he could not divulge the exact numbers" and 12 new leases were signed at the mall after the Costco lease was finalized.
Inside the Costco, I was pleasantly surprised by the skylights that appear in the ceiling. They let in lots of sunlight on the sunny day I was there, making the inside of the store seem airy and bright. The skylights are spaced evenly in between the normal electric lights on the ceiling. This photo gives a hint of the natural light inside.
I was also intrigued by the extensive Kosher selections available. Large signs indicated sections of Kosher foods -- I noticed them in the bakery, cheese, and frozen section, although there could also be more. In looking into this I found this piece on the Wheaton Patch with background about how this came to be -- the story involves a Kemp Mill resident's years-long effort.