Two major national retailers took steps Monday to open their first stores in the Dayton area that will employ around 400 people.
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Costco Wholesale, based in Issaquah, Wash., operates 634 membership warehouses, including stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Costco plans to open as many as 15 new warehouses before the end of 2013.
The average Costco store has about 200 employees.
The company reported net sales of $102.9 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 1, a 6 percent increase from the $97.1 billion reported in fiscal year 2012.
Whole Foods Market, an Austin, Texas-based grocery chain, had sales of about $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. It employs about 76,000 people.
The company operates 355 stores in 40 U.S. states, plus the U.K. and Canada.
The company plans to open an estimated 32 stores this year, and from 33 to 38 stores in 2014, according to company materials. Those stores include a second location in Columbus.
The Dayton Daily News was the first to announce Costco and Whole Foods stores to come to the area. Count on us to continue our in-depth coverage on the two national retail stores.