Surprise Wants A Costco So Badly They Threw The Company A Bday Party


Surprise, Arizona will doing almost anything to get their own Costco store and even celebrate Costco's birthday!

Surprise's economic development team celebrated a special birthday this month with a celebration that looked like any other birthday party.

There were cone party hats, "happy birthday" signs, decorations and a Costco cake.

Except this Costco cake wasn't for one of their team members. It was for Costco. The whole party was for the retail giant.

Kind of clever to get their attention right?!

For years now, Surprise residents have said they wanted a Costco. For years now, Costco has been mum about whether it plans to come.

Costco declined to comment on this story, for example.

So the city has pressed on. The birthday party is just one scheme on a list of fawning the city has done in the last few years to attract the popular store. 

So why does Surprise want a Costco this badly?

- Members of Surprise filled out a survey a few years ago that was named as the top store they wanted in the city

More than 3,000 residents responded, and half of them named Costco. Costco was No. 1 on the list.

"It was so overwhelming, it was the first time it generated a conversation," said Jeanine Jerkovic, the city's economic development director.

- The closest store is about 20 to 30 minutes away

- They even have a spot picked out!

Costco hasn't responded to this yet. So now they just wait to see what happens! And hopefully a SURPRISE birthday party will help!

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