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Metro Council to discuss future of Costco in Capital City

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It's on the Metro Council agenda again on Wednesday - whether or not a Costco store will open in the Capital City. The store would open on the property that used to be the old Coca Cola bottling plant on Airline Highway.

"Baton Rouge has grown tremendously. I think that we have a lot of economic opportunities. Of course, that's being realized by people outside of the city and outside of the state," said Tara Wicker, Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman.

But things have not been finalized just yet. Wicker says the council has agreed to create a tax increment financing district around the site to collect money for a $7.8 million rebate. Wicker says those dollars would fund any necessary roads and demolition of the building.

"They're working out the details of the deal. I'm interested to see if anything is going to change from what we originally saw. I'm on the planning commission, so I kind of had a preview of it initially. I'm interested to see if there's anything else," said Wicker.

Alex Fizial owns the gas station next door the old Coke bottling facility. While everything is still in the works, he wants city officials to know they've got his support to go forward with plans to open Costco.

"I'm comfortable from day one when they told me Costco's coming in," said Fizial. "I said it's great. It's going to boost my business too and build more traffic. You know we're going to get more traffic, but it's good. More jobs, more money."

While having another national company opening in Baton Rouge will be great for the region economically, she says it's even more important that Costco helps to build and improve the communities.

Wicker says final details like jobs Costco could bring to the region are still to be determined.

The metro council meeting is Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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