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Published October 18, 2012, 09:38 PM

The "Costco Craze" will soon be in West Fargo

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- In less than a week the metro will officially be part of what's known around the country as the "Costco Craze."

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- In less than a week the metro will officially be part of what's known around the country as the "Costco Craze."

The store has been the talk around town since word it was coming, a huge score for West Fargo, a city which lacks in retail services.

People have been filing into this parking lot all day and buying the membership to shop here. As they were filling out the paperwork you could see all of them trying to sneak a peak of the new store.

Opening day is Tuesday, but it sounds like things are already in full swing. Cashier training, forklifts flying in and out of aisles as the store looks ready to go.

This recent national news documentary made Costco the envy of all places without one, the special report was titled the "Costco Craze."

And locals are already lining up to become members at the West Fargo location.

Angela/General Manager: "anytime anyone hears who I am and where I work the questions start coming and they're really excited for us to be here as we are as well."

Once inside, we found out its as big as advertised. 152-thousand square feet. 200 employees. 18 managers.

16 gas pumps outside, a food court and eye doctor inside -- Along with name brands of everything you can imagine including clothes and shoes.

We saw the famous wall of toilet paper and then checked the price on a bottle of Cristal.

Angela: "I'm excited this is the fun time this is the go time, it's not about being done with construction it's about the beginning of a wonderful relationship and business."

Worldwide, Costco locations net 93 billion dollars a year and see 3 million shoppers a day, and now the metro is set to add to those numbers.

Costco is expecting this weekend to be a zoo with people signing up for memberships. And with construction and no traffic lights at its intersection, you might want to plan for mini traffic jams out here.

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