Costco in Wheaton Opens Despite Lingering Controversy

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Shoppers line up at a new Costco in Wheaton. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Shoppers line up at a new Costco in Wheaton. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WHEATON, Md. (CBSDC) — A controversial Costco is set to open Wednesday in Wheaton despite continuing protests from some neighbors.

The store, located near the Wheaton Mall, is expected to draw large crowds leading to an influx of traffic in the area. Residents are concerned about increased congestion in the area.

Additionally, opponents are still upset the Montgomery County Council gave Costco a $4 million subsidy to help lure the store into the area while simultaneously raising taxes in an effort to close budget gaps. County Executive Ike Leggett lobbied heavily in favor for the subsidy.

Compounding the gridlock issue, neighbors are also concerned with the store’s plan to install 16 gas pumps just a few hundred feet from a fence that separates the mall from homes and a neighborhood pool.

Recently, the Montgomery County Planning Board voted 3-2 against the installation of the fueling station. Their vote is a recommendation and is not the final say on the matter.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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