KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – The City of Kyle is booming with business. Costco opened its doors in the city Thursday morning.

Officials with the retail giant said it was one of their biggest grand openings, with hundreds lined up outside eager to get their carts.

Woman waving at Costco workers in Kyle
Hundreds of people walked through Costco’s doors in Kyle Thursday morning. Many said they’ve been waiting years and years for this. (Photo: KXAN’s Sarah Al-Shaikh)

Costco is just one of several businesses opening in Kyle this year as the city continues to grow.

“We have over 30 restaurants under construction and in development right now,” said Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell.

Mayor Mitchell said the city is putting a lot of focus on quality of life for residents.

“Just Costco alone has more than 230 employees. 130 of them live right here locally,” the Mayor said. “That’s the fulfillment of the dream: live, work and play and shop right here in the City of Kyle.”

The city’s Director of Economic Development Victoria Vargas said nearly every corner of Kyle is being considered for development.

“There’s no stone left unturned when it comes to vacant land in Kyle. Someone is looking for it. Someone’s looking to develop it,” Vargas said.

How do some residents feel about the business boom?

Liz Aguilar said she’s lived in Kyle for 19 years. She said at that time there was just the HEB in San Marcos. But now, she’s excited to see all this growth.

“It’s just amazing. It’s unbelievable. And it’s really good because we need it. We need it,” Aguilar said.

Richie Gill feels the same.

“Kyle 10 years ago barely existed. Now look at what’s around us,” Gill said.

He said he’s most pumped about the Costco opening.

“Love Costco. Probably shop at the one in South Austin three or four times a week,” Gill said. Now I got something closer to home. So I’m super excited.”

Restaurants Coming Soon:

  • Black Rock Coffee
  • Spoon & Fork Kitchen
  • Rudy’s Texas BBQ
  • Tony’s C Beer Garden
  • Einstein Bagels
  • Crumble Cookie
  • Shaddy Grove
  • Via313 Pizzaria 
  • Z’Tejas
  • Chipotle
  • Torchys
  • Waffle House
  • Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux
  • Pollo Campero
  • Willie’s Grill & Icehouse

Retail/ Personal Care Services Coming Soon:

  • Hobby Lobby 
  • Academy
  • Cycle Bar
  • Stretch Lab
  • Nitro Swim
  • TXB Store
  • Everly Nail Bar

Now Open:

  • Denny’s
  • P.Terry’s
  • Taco Bell
  • Smokey Mo’s
  • Pizza Patron
  • Free Birds
  • Tropical Smoothie