Costco set to open July 21 in Little Rock

Costco is set to open Wednesday, July 21 in Little Rock (Jeremy Peppas)

The first Costco in Arkansas will open on Wednesday, July 21, in west Little Rock.

The warehouse store is located at 16901 Chenal Parkway and is next door to the Kroger Marketplace grocery store.

By now, that’s somewhat old news, repeated by social media advertising, along with glossy flyers in the mail and pop-up tents designed to attract potential customers at high-traffic areas.

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One was located at the farmers market in downtown Little Rock’s River Market, where a company representative said hundreds in central Arkansas had already signed up to be customers.

A basic membership is $60 annually, while executive memberships are $120 a year, but both come with store gift cards of, respectively, $20 or $40. Signing up early also gives members access to

The pop-up tent at 17300 Chenal Parkway is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Is a membership worth it?

Kim Thornton, of Los Gatos, California, thinks so.

Thornton, a proud daughter of Mississippi, has lived in the San Jose suburb in the shadow of Cupertino, for going on a decade.

Editor’s note: Kim is also one of my wife’s closest friends.

Thornton said Costco is her “favorite” store and provided an extensive and detailed list of items she typically purchases.

As the items kept rolling in by text, Thornton stopped and said, “this is getting a little embarrassing. 


“In fact, just last night, I looked at my last two credit card statements and made a vow to make fewer, cheaper trips to Costco.”

So worth it, yes.

As for things to buy, she noted:

  • Smoked almonds, pecans and walnuts in 4-pound bags

  • Lactose-free milk 

  • Frozen riced cauliflower

  • Pesto sauce -- Kirkland brand (Kirkland is the Costco store brand for those unfamiliar)

  • 4-cheese tortellini

  • Chocolate-covered almonds

  • Kirkland toilet paper 

  • Ecos detergent

  • Collagen peptides powder

  • Starbucks French roast coffee

  • Chicken: “I stock up on chicken thighs and drumsticks for the freezer,” she said.

  • Olive and avocado oils

  • Butter

  • Cheese

  • Miracle-Gro

  • Batteries

  • Cheerios

  • Kombucha

  • Fruit and vegetables

  • Seasonal cookies and chips.

“I think there have been many personality profiles and labels attached to people like me who love to shop there,” Thornton said. “Most are true.”