The first Costco on a First Nation just opened in Canada
Where is the new Costco near Calgary? Well, the store is located somewhere momentous — for the first time in Canadian history, there's a Costco on a First Nation.
The new store is located at the new Taza Exchange retail development at 12905 Buffalo Run Blvd., just outside of Calgary's city limits, making it part of the Tsuut'ina Nation.
Congratulations to Chief Roy Whitney, Council & the Tsuut’ina Nation on the grand opening is the first Costco on a First Nation.— AFN Alberta Region (@AFNAlberta) August 28, 2020
Thank you for the invite and bus tour of your beautiful Nation. #EconomicDevelopment #historic #costco #tsuutina #treaty7 pic.twitter.com/hLrBvccPXd
Tsuut'ina Nation Chief Roy Whitney called it an "honour" to be the home of the first Costco on a First Nation.
"We welcome Costco to Tsuut'ina, and look forward to strengthening our relationship with our neighbours and encourage them to celebrate the inception of Taza with us," Whitney said in a release before the Friday opening ceremony.
"Today is a momentous day for both the Nation and for southwest Calgary."
Congratulations to Tsuut’ina Nation on having the first Costco in the world open on First Nations reserve land! What an amazing example of entrepreneurship that brings much needed employment and investment to Tsuut’ina and to Calgary! @costcocanada pic.twitter.com/nbb9Nra8jq— Rick Wilson (@Richard4Alberta) August 28, 2020
The 150,000-square-foot warehouse will be stocked with an on-site bakery, fresh meat, an optical centre, a hearing aid centre, photo centre, tire centre, large food court and more.
At least 68 of the 88 new jobs created at the store have been filled by First Nation residents, Postmedia reports.
Congratulations to the Tsuut’ina Nation on the opening of their new Costco! This morning was the Grand Opening at Tsuut’ina Nation, along with their partner Canderel open the first Costco on First Nation land. #tsuutina #yyc #calgary #grandopening pic.twitter.com/vHRbhfp212— Lowa Beebe (@LowaBeebe) August 28, 2020
The new store includes signage in both English and the Tsuut'ina language, Sarcee.
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