Riverhead Costco likely to open in July

(Credit: News-Review)
(Credit: News-Review)

The Riverhead Costco on Route 58 has been advertised as opening June 26, according to the store’s website and Facebook page, but the actual opening is still undetermined and likely to be sometime in mid-to-late July, according to a Costco employee with knowledge of the opening.

A Costco spokesperson did not return a call seeking comment.

The Costco site will feature a gas station after the developers persuaded the Riverhead Town Board in 2010 to change its zoning to allow fueling stations. Costco had threatened to bail on Riverhead unless the gas station was allowed.

The website says the Riverhead store will also feature a food court, pharmacy and an optical department, as well as a service deli, bakery, photo shop and fresh meat and produce sales.

The store has been under construction for just over a year and the job has been marked by one controversy after another. The developers, Brixmor Property Group, recently received an amended site plan after officials, neighbors and the developers hashed out a compromise aimed at making all sides happy.

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Editor’s note: The story originally stated the opening would be June 26.