“It’s good to see a vibrant center come back to that area of the community,” he said. “The stores were run down and there were homeless people going in there. It was just a blighted, horrible corner.” The new Costco is expected to generate about $500,000 annually in sales tax revenue for La Habra, the councilman said. Gomez said he, too, is not concerned about Costco meeting its scheduled opening. “I have no doubt they will be open on the 26th,” he said. “It’s so routine for them. They’ve opened so many stores all over Southern California that they have this perfect plan. They figure everything to the minute.” — Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It took nearly three years of court and City Council battles to get to this point. Before work could even begin, the city had to prevail in two court challenges against the project that forced officials to re-do the original environmental impact report. Residents sued to halt the project, complaining that the giant store would create too much noise and traffic. The legal dust finally settled in March, when Orange County Superior Court Stephen Sundvold upheld the city’s revamped environmental impact report. Councilman James Gomez said he’s happy that everything eventually worked out in the city’s favor. LA HABRA — Even though the parking lot is not completed and there appears to be a good deal of work left to be done, Costco’s newest store in the Whittier area is poised to open in about three weeks, officials said Wednesday. “It’s not unusual for sites to look to an outsider as if it won’t make” the deadline, said Paul Latham, vice president of marketing, membership and member services for Costco. “It all comes together at the end.” The 149,000-square-foot warehouse store at the northwest corner of Beach and La Habra boulevards is officially set to open at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. It will become Costco’s 104th store in California, its 341st in the United States, and the 464th Costco store worldwide. Its opening will mean that Costco members in La Habra no longer will have had to drive nine miles to the Industry store, eight miles to the one in Norwalk, or seven miles to the Costco in Fullerton, store officials said.