Costco has closed on the acquisition of the land for its Duluth store. Are you excited to hear that Costco is coming to Duluth? I personally think the store will be a great addition to our area’s retail and employment options.

There is one man in this town who has been working on, and is responsible for, getting Costco interested in coming to Duluth. For more than 10 years he has been courting Costco, having been told “not now” and “not yet” numerous times. As a result of his tireless efforts on behalf of his partnership, he finally got the deal done.

So if you’re excited to see Costco coming, next time you see my father, Frank Holappa, on the street, give him a socially distanced salute and say thank you.

Dave Holappa


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The writer’s Holappa Commercial Real Estate firm orchestrated the land deal with Costco, as the News Tribune has reported.