COSTCO OPENS IN FORT WAYNE ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16

Costco will open a membership warehouse in Fort Wayne onWednesday, Oct. 16, at 8 a.m. The 149,000-square-foot warehouse is located at 5110 Value Drive, at the southwest corner of Interstate 69 and Lima Road.

Previously, residents of the area had to drive approximately 102 miles northeast to Toledo, Ohio, 110 miles southwest to Castleton or 116 miles southwest to Northwest Indianapolis to shop at Costco.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of Fort Wayne,” said Warehouse Manager Melanie Crysler. “They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market. We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”

In the Costco tradition, the Fort Wayne warehouse will offer quality, name-brand and private-label merchandise at incredible values. Costco helps businesses save money on supplies and on items for resale, and provides a wide range of products and services for personal use as well.

This new Costco location will feature a variety of convenient specialty departments, including a Gas Station, Fresh Bakery, Fresh Meat, Fresh Produce, Fresh Deli with Rotisserie Chicken, Optical Department with Independent Doctor of Optometry, 1-Hour Photo, Pharmacy, Tire Center, Hearing Aid Center, Food Court, and Fine Wine & Liquor. Members also can save on Costco Services such as Travel and Auto Buying.

This fourth Costco warehouse in Indiana will be the 455th in the U.S., and 639th worldwide. Costco has 71 million cardholders throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

The company has been recognized throughout the country for providing its employees with real living wages – the highest in the industry – and for its ethical business practices.

The Costco home office is located in Issaquah, Wash. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COST.

For more information about Costco, please visit our Company Profile <http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=83830&amp;p=irol-homeprofile> , the Costco Story Brochure <http://www.costco.com/wcsstore/CostcoUSBCCatalogAssetStore/Attachment/A-CostcoStory-Base.pdf> , “The Costco Connection” <http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201310us#pg1> or My Costco Services <http://www.mycostcoservices.com/mycostcoservices/summer2013#pg1> . For a Costco logo, please email LogoRequest.com <https://docs.google.com/a/costco.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGF2NFgxOFJJRTJjU3VSaHRHTlRGcWc6MQ#gid=0> . For photos of other Costco locations to use with this story, please email Mediarequest@costco.com <https://docs.google.com/a/costco.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG1FakJacWx0bmdObF9kdTZMbzJWZkE6MQ#gid=0> .