Final touches being made to Costco, Grand Opening November 14th

By Mark Bullion

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- Costco in downtown East Peoria is in its final stretch of completion as workers gear up for its big grand opening Wednesday. Click on the story link to get a sneak peak inside the 148,000 square foot facility.

Workers put the final touches on the Costco sign Monday as the store prepares for its grand opening Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m.

"Chaos is all I can say," said Membership Marketing Manager Lisa Pittman.

So why Costco over the competition?

"Costco offers affordability, high quality, we want to make your life easier, and we also believe in member service. so you're going to walk in and you're going to see brand names that you trust, you're also going to see organic items, you're going to find items to be healthy as an individual," said Pittman.

Other items you'll see this holiday season include a 90 inch LED flat screen, the price might set you back a little, but that's nothing compared to a rock that will sure rock your retirement account, a 4-carat diamond ring valued at $138,000.00 dollars.

One thing you will have to pay for is, of course, the membership fee.

"We believe that if you are paying a membership fee, you ought to be treated exceptionally," said Pittman.

Plus, it's the holidays, and no, not everyone's in misery.

"For all those Christmas parties your going to be having, for all those holiday parties, to make Thanksgiving easier, our bakery is working very hard, you're just not going to believe the quality you get for the price you get," said PIttman.

And Costco even has their own gas station as well that will be fully up and running Wednesday.

Additionally, the store offers a pharmacy, optical, tire, photo, and hearing centers.

This Costco will the the 18th warehouse in the State.

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