April 18th, 2012 at 3:55 PM ^

There is also a new Costco warehouse opening where I live - Ulsan, South Kore.  I haven't checked how many positions they will hire...but if an application for work in Pittsfield Township doen't work out, welcome to the Far East, young 미국 / MeGook


April 18th, 2012 at 3:57 PM ^

also shares your sentiment. 

For the record, I liked Moeller.  And now I'm thinking about Desmond getting tripped in the endzone up in couch-burning land. Anger.



April 18th, 2012 at 4:07 PM ^

As excited as I am that a nearby Costco is opening up, my daily commute involves driving down that section of Ellsworth where the Costco is going up.  My nice, fairly traffic-less drive will soon turn into a living hell thanks to that place.  Especially if they actually do build a roundabout at State and Ellsworth.  Anyways, enough of my ranting and good luck to anyone who applies.


April 18th, 2012 at 4:38 PM ^

They don't improve traffic flow when 50% of drivers (including 100% of drivers over 65) don't know how to properly use them.  When this is the case, they likely reduce the level of service for an intersection (as compared to the improvement that was projected prior to implementation).

And when someone ruins your day by sideswiping you or continuing around the circle from the outside lane, it definitely qualifies as "hell."

EDIT: For the record, I don't mind them.  There are some great ones in DC, where people are so comfortable they don't even slow down (such as Chevy Chase Circle on Connecticut Ave.).  But then there are ones like the double-roundabout at Lee Road and US-23 in Brighton that are...hellish.


April 18th, 2012 at 7:00 PM ^

Other things that don't help: 2 lane roundabouts. People can't even make a normal left or right hand turn without drifting lanes and now they have to do it in something they already don't know how to use?


April 18th, 2012 at 4:58 PM ^

My thoughts were echoed perfectly by bluefish.  I don't have an issue with them, but the fact that so many freaking people can't comprehend how they work is what scares me.  That intersection during rush hour is bad enough as it is with idiots trying to figure out how traffic lights work...

True Blue Grit

April 19th, 2012 at 7:52 AM ^

jhender85 has a point.  (and so do you).  In many cases roundabouts do help improve traffic flow as you say.  They've done a number of them around Ann Arbor, and aside from the few idiots who haven't figured them out, they work well.  State and Ellsworth is an extremely busy intersection that will get even worse when the Costco opens.  A roundabout there would resemble some of the horror intersections in Europe where you get stuck on them for hours driving around in circles. I'll just go there from the west I think!


April 18th, 2012 at 5:19 PM ^

They don't seem to generate that much traffic around the Detroit burbs and the one in Commerce has a nearby roundabout that works well.  You might also get a place with cheap gas along your commute and your fellow employees will love the jumbo muffins (or slice of pizza).  Cheap lunch may be had at Costco if you don't care about your surroundings.


April 18th, 2012 at 4:40 PM ^

is costco allowed to sell liquor below the state minimum price?  I know that super liquor 4 on state affers some of their liquor at the state minimum price, usually the cheaper stuff.


April 18th, 2012 at 8:28 PM ^

business that pays a living wage. Now selfishly I always want a Costco close to me but unless Costco is drawing from the surrounding areas people will eventually lose jobs or small businesses. It's the trade-off of getting things for cheaper price.


April 18th, 2012 at 6:17 PM ^

Meh, I'm no economist (clearly), but going to Costco is an event.  People from around the area will come to Ann Arbor and make a big deal of it.  Go to the mall, maybe downtown, get some lunch/breakfast and then go to Costco.  Along with that, people buying in bulk will think they're saving so much money that they can spend it elsewhere in town.  Also, 180 new people with jobs equals 180 new bank accounts to drain.  Even though this may sting some stores around the area, it can't be all bad for Ann Arbor's economy to have a Costco around.