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This rendering shows Costco’s planned store on Charles Hardy Parkway in Dallas.

DALLAS — County government officials are inviting the public to the official groundbreaking ceremony later this month for Costco’s new Paulding County store.

The event is set for Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at the store site at 1577 Charles Hardy Parkway, just east of Gerber Collision & Glass.

Chairman David Carmichael said the Board of Commissioners is “grateful to Costco Wholesale Corp. for expanding to Paulding County.”

“The Board of Commissioners and our Paulding County staff have labored long and hard to provide the collaborative planning and organization necessary with Costco’s management, engineers and (real estate agents) to successfully close the deal,” he said.

The retailer had first submitted plans in mid-2018 for a store on the site.

Its latest plans called for a 135,000-square-foot store on 21 acres on Ga. 120, also known as Charles Hardy Parkway in Dallas.

Plans also included a 716-space parking area and possible future gas station on the north side of Hardy Parkway adjacent to Gerber Collision and Paulding Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram.

The county provided information and expertise, followed by the Paulding County Board of Commissioners approving a half-million dollars’ worth of infrastructure, for the new store and adjacent land in 2019.

Infrastructure included traffic signalization equipment and sewer and drainage lines.

Costco was issued a building permit valued at $17.6 million in November, county officials said.

It reportedly closed on the purchase of the land for construction of the new store in December.

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