Costco’s Fresno relocation ruffles feathers about future of Herndon

The plans for developing a vacant parcel along Herndon Avenue into a trademark warehouse come with a big ask: drastically overhauling Fresno’s lone expressway.

Costco wants to move its warehouse in northwest Fresno three miles away to vacant land along Herndon Avenue. The warehouse retailer also wants major changes to the expressway.

In documents filed with the city, Costco asks for a change of Herndon from an expressway to a less-restricting super-arterial roadway. That would allow for a turnoff directly from Herndon into the new site.


“Doing so will allow for a driveway along Herndon (the direction of which has yet to be determined), as well as removing the restrictions related to building location and signage,” Costco said in its request to the city.

The Issaquah, Washington-based retailer said changing the designation of Herndon Avenue could include bike lanes and sidewalks.

“It’s a nonstarter,” said Fresno City Councilman Mike Karbassi.

Karbassi said he is concerned about congestion at the proposed new location at the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and Spruce Avenue — near the El Paseo shopping center.

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