Costco Warehouse, at 3911 Highway 69, is demolishing its old gas station and constructing a new one at Walker Road just south of Highway 69, on the east side of Prescott. The new station will double the service capacity of the current gas station, said Costco General Manager Dan Bridge.
“We’ll go from 12 to 24 pumps — three islands, each with four gas pumps, to three islands, each with eight pumps,” he said.
The new station will be on the site of the former U-Like Chinese Buffet, which was on a slight hill located just above the current Costco gas station. It was razed in early December.
Construction of the new station is currently underway. Bridge said if no delays occur, it should open in late February or early March. The existing service station property will revert to a parking lot.
Increased demand for gasoline coupled with ever-increasing traffic is driving the project.
“In the 23 years since we opened Costco,” Bridge said, “our traffic and customer volume has increased dramatically. That caused some congestion where the road entered into the Costco property from the west entrance. The new station will help cure the congestion on Walker Road.”
Staff size at the gas station will remain the same, as well as the hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The station will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.