New Costco Planned For Nine Mile Road : (2024)

June 25, 2024

Preliminary plans were filed Monday for a new Costco on Nine Mile Road.

The plans filed with Escambia County show the 161,780 square foot Costco retail store with a gas station and 885 parking spaces at 235 East Nine Mile Road, at the corner of East Nine Mile Road and Chemstrand Road. That’s the site of a current Planet Fitness and a former Kmart store.

The plans show the currently buildings being demolished for the new Costco on seven parcels totalling just under 22 acres.

The outlying parcels with Well Fargo Bank, Sam’s Seafood Restaurant and Dairy Queen will remain with the gas station between Sam’s Seafood and Well Fargo.

Thomas Engineering Group of Tampa filed the plans with Escambia County.

The plans have not been set for formal review by the Escambia County Development Review Committee and must go through numerous steps before a building permit is issued. graphics, click to enlarge.


33 Responses to “New Costco Planned For Nine Mile Road”

  1. kevin smith onJune 26th, 2024 11:12 pm

    why not the cantonment/molino business park off of 29? but yes, anything to save me from davis hwy..

  2. John Connor onJune 26th, 2024 5:03 pm

    This is the perfect location for this store. It repurposes or removes the eye sore of a half used shopping center and replaces it with a Destination Retailer. I can tell you this location being 161k sq feet (On the top end in sizes for a Costco and 20% bigger than Mobile’s at around 145k sgt feet) shows the demand they will see for this location. Think about it 500k metro area add in another 300k metro area from Ft. Walton Beach and add in half of Baldwin County at around 120k. Not withstanding all of Alabama to the north stretching to I-65. So this one location will have a pull over of 1 million people. It is a shock they haven’t come sooner but I assume they wanted to see how BJ’s will do. In the end I predict this location to be one of the Companies most profitable. As for Baldwin County I would even say people in Daphne would shop here over Mobile because of no- tax on food and medical.

  3. Well onJune 26th, 2024 3:14 pm

    It’s good to see this area rebuilt instead of clearing and building somewhere else.
    Traffic is Traffic…
    Not much can be done about it.

  4. michael obrien onJune 26th, 2024 1:47 pm

    We go to Mobile once a month.. Now I can go once a week,,,,when open! yeah.. quit Walmart, shop Publix, So Publix and Costco, best of both worlds!

  5. dave lamb onJune 26th, 2024 2:04 am

    At least this should not be as political as OLF-8 and no one can be accused of wrong doings. It is in a good location. Good fit. Any high-volume store between Molino and 9 Mile is a good call. My guess is that the paper mill will close in future, so some good industry needs to be added in the Hwy 29N area to absorb the job loss. Need to start planning and find space for industry instead of so many new housing developments
    or this area will be blighted. You can’t count on the Mill to be there much longer without upgrades and improvements.

  6. Barbara onJune 26th, 2024 1:03 am

    We love Costco. If you ever get used to shopping there you will not want to be without one. Can’t get it here fast enough for us. Got used to shopping at Costco while living in Tennessee. Moved back here and now have to go all the way to Mobile, Ala. to shop at the one there. Please get one here as fast as you can!

  7. Yes please onJune 25th, 2024 7:55 pm

    Even though 9 mile is always busy, I’m all for revitalizing this area. That parking lot is a ghetto, so I’m all for it being updated and useful. Besides, a bulk store that I don’t have to drive to Davis for? I’m all in!

  8. CK onJune 25th, 2024 6:39 pm

    I agree with James. Traffic on Nine Mile and Chemstrand will increase, but many of those people will no longer be going to Sam’s Club or BJ’s, so it could actually decrease on Airport and Davis.

    I’ll certainly shop there, because I live in Atmore and I try not to go south of Nine Mile if possible.

  9. Tina onJune 25th, 2024 6:29 pm

    Going to be competition for Sams and BJs- at least they aren’t tearing down trees to build another building but reusing existing space

  10. Me onJune 25th, 2024 5:54 pm

    To those complaining about “traffic”:
    Aside from Davis Hwy near the interstate we do not have “traffic” unless there is some major incident causing it. Try traveling once in a while and you’ll see how good we really have it. Not taking into account Perdido you can pretty much get to anywhere in the county south of Cantonment from anywhere else in the county in 20-25 minutes. Other cities it takes that long to get to the next exit all day everyday.

    As for Trader Joe’s, OLF-8/Beulah would be a perfect location.

  11. retired onJune 25th, 2024 5:18 pm


  12. Aly onJune 25th, 2024 4:27 pm

    I’m so happpppppy

  13. Sharon K. onJune 25th, 2024 3:54 pm

    I’m so excited!!

  14. Sharon K. onJune 25th, 2024 3:53 pm

    I’m so excited. I love Costco!!

  15. James onJune 25th, 2024 3:31 pm

    I’m not sure some of the dissenting comments realize this isn’t new construction, per se, but replacing older sub-divided commercial lots into a single developed property. This could potentially help the Pensacola traffic issue as a whole by alleviating some of the traffic congestion on Davis Highway and Airport Blvd where the other bulk stores are located.

  16. Rick onJune 25th, 2024 1:36 pm

    We are excited to see COSTCO. They will be an excellent addition to our community.

  17. Cynthia onJune 25th, 2024 12:56 pm

    I am so happy to hear that Costco wants to come here. Costco has some of the best products. I drive too Alabama to go to Costco. Please hurry up and approve it. They will make the area look better and offer positive jobs to the area. I cannot wait tell you start building.

  18. Finally onJune 25th, 2024 12:54 pm

    Perfect location!!! It’s about time we get something decent in the north-end of town.

    If we are lucky Walmart and their penny-pinching “self-checkout only” nonsense will be run out of business.

    For those whining about traffic, both state and international borders are open and you live in a free country. So if you don’t like it, MOVE!

  19. JTV onJune 25th, 2024 12:51 pm

    Where in the heck is Planet Fitness going to go?

  20. Alexander onJune 25th, 2024 12:42 pm

    For those complaining about traffic. I recently moved from a bigger city down south. You do not have heavy traffic, you barely have any traffic. You have a beautiful city that does not want to stagnate. Costco and Sams club are not the same. You want good quality products that arent rebranded Walmart items(Walmart owns Sams Clubd) then you want this here as soon as possible. And keeping “heavy traffic” to one area makes more sense than to spread it out. Besides, we dont have the population of those bigger cities to make it worse. Its the reason I moved here.

  21. Susan onJune 25th, 2024 12:30 pm

    Locals have been wanting Costco for a long time. I am looking forward to it and location will not be far from where I live.

  22. Mary onJune 25th, 2024 12:18 pm


  23. Robert Carleen onJune 25th, 2024 12:12 pm

    Look at the traffic mess on US -90 thru Pace and on into Milton. We are building our own nightmare. Look at 98 thru Gulf Breeze and out to Tiger Point….we’ll be three laning with all the commercial entity in place. Then traffic will be a real mess for years as the road is slowly upgraded. Then the story will repeat.

  24. JJ onJune 25th, 2024 12:00 pm

    Driving two hours for groceries,you must make less than $3 an hour to makeup the savings on $400 worth of groceries.
    Dont Alabama charge sales tax on groceries.
    $3 x 2
    No way you saving money going to Alabama

  25. jane martin onJune 25th, 2024 11:41 am

    Thank you Costco! How soon?

  26. Joe onJune 25th, 2024 11:32 am

    So much construction going on and no plans for fixing the infrastructure It’s a nightmare already. I like that we are getting new things but be careful what you wish for. We are headed towards becoming another Palm Beach/ Broward/ Dade County. I mean the crime is already here so it makes sense.

  27. Pam etter onJune 25th, 2024 11:25 am

    Oh happy day! Hurry and approve these plans. Costco can’t come here fast enough- I’m also tired of the drive and tunnel crossing to get my groceries in Mobile. Hurry – the drive from Destin in summer traffic to Mobile Costco is horrible!

  28. Linda onJune 25th, 2024 11:14 am

    This makes so happy! Now if a Trader Joe’s would be built I would be in nirvana!

  29. Alexander onJune 25th, 2024 10:39 am

    I hope this gets approved soon. I’m tired of driving over two hours back and forth to Alabama.

  30. Me onJune 25th, 2024 8:52 am

    Praying the county doesn’t fumble this one too

  31. Prayer Answered onJune 25th, 2024 8:51 am

    It is almost as good as getting a prayer answered.

  32. Not another onJune 25th, 2024 8:18 am

    I say no to this. Nine Mile has enough traffic congestion at this intersection. All this is going to do is make it worse. But once again the Board will vote for the tax dollars. Besides we have a Walmart,Target and many other stores. Maybe this should be built on OLF-8.

  33. Roger onJune 25th, 2024 7:29 am

    About time. Costco to me is really set up nice and has the better items. And with no tax on food, people from ALABAMA will be making more trips over

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