Costco Representative Details Plans For Call Center In OKC During City Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 12th 2020, 4:13 pm
By: Karl Torp

The plan for a Costco call center and 1,000 new jobs is another step closer to reality.

A representative with the warehouse retailer spoke to Oklahoma City's City Council during its Tuesday morning about the proposal.

The jobs will pay $59,000 a year.

The company hopes to begin hiring an initial 500 employees by the end of the year.

“Over 90% of this call center will be for our e-commerce division. It’s the fastest growing division in our company. E-commerce is up 86%,” said Costco’s Mike Stratis.

In two weeks, Oklahoma City's City Council is expected to approve a $3 million incentive for Costco which hopes to begin hiring by the end of the year.

Having just over 1,000 employees in three years is a requirement for the city’s incentive deal.

Costco is still in the process of the purchasing the call center building. The location has not been disclosed.

Oklahoma City won out over several other cities.

“It’s incredible news. It’s one of the biggest job announcements in the city,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.

Costco revealed Tuesday it's also seeking incentives from the state Chamber of Commerce to bring the call center to Oklahoma City.