In April, we reported that Costco purchased a 74,000 sq. m plot of land about 4 km north of JR Orio station, with plans to open their second Costco store in Kyushu. In an article in this morning’s Nishinippon Newspaper it was announced that the new store in Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu will open as soon as next spring. Costco is currently preparing the application for the development. There are currently 13 Costco stores in Japan, including the TORIUS store in Hisayama, Fukuoka.