The first Costco in Maine is opening soon. The 161,000-square-foot store will feature an accessory gasoline filling station. Scarborough Planning Board approved larger, oversized parking spaces and taller lights in the parking lot to accommodate the expected increase in traffic.

Initially, the board members rejected Costco’s plan, demanding a different layout. After months of discussion, the board finally approved the plan, insisting that a turning lane be added to Payne Road for better traffic control. Costco has also agreed to pay for traffic impact fees if the store’s customers significantly increase traffic flow.

Scarborough, Maine

Scarborough is a town in Cumberland County on the southern coast of Maine. It was settled in 1635 and incorporated on July 14, 1658. The town has a rich history, including being an important coastal settlement with over one hundred houses and one thousand head of cattle by 1675. However, it faced several challenges, including being laid to waste as a result of King Philip’s War in 1676. Today, Scarborough is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford metropolitan statistical area and had a population of 22,135 at the 2020 census, making it the most populous town (not city) in Maine.

Location History

1998 aerial view.
Same view 21 years later. Not much had changed.
Street view from the Scarborough Downs Road and Payne Road intersection.