Costco announces plans for first warehouse club in Lehigh Valley

Store will be joined by Target at new shopping center in Lowe Macungie

Posted: 4:12 PM EDT Jul 13, 2012   Updated: 3:28 AM EDT Jul 13, 2012

Make way Sam's and BJ's. Costco is making its way into the Lehigh Valley for the first time.

The warehouse club chain announced plans Friday for a store in the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center in Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co.

Target has also signed on as a tenant in the shopping center.

Both stores could open in mid- to late-2014.

The shopping center sits on the site of an old iron mine. Development has been delayed while mine waste buried below ground is removed, said Sara Pandl, director of the township's planning and community development.