Shoppers walk into a Costco store, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. Credit: Ted S. Warren / AP

Wholesale retailer Costco is reportedly in the early planning stages to bring its first location in Maine, WABI reported.

Costco is seeking a sketch plan review for a 161,000 square foot retail facility at the Innovation District of Scarborough Downs with access via Payne Road, according to the Scarborough Planning Board agenda for it’s Jan. 31 meeting.

The retailer is proposing site improvements such as paved parking, landscaping, utility improvements and more and the site would also include an accessory gasoline filling station, the agenda said.  

The agenda also included a layout of the site.

Scarborough Downs, which had been the site of horse racing since 1950, ceased operations in November 2020 due to financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Downs and the adjoining 500 acres were sold in 2018 to Crossroads Holdings, which is developing the district that would include a town center with retail and commercial entities, along with housing and other facilities.

This past September, the company announced that the district fully sold out of its more than 825,000 square feet of space. It said businesses in the district will include Idexx, Throttle Car Club, AV Technik, Mainely Tubs, Shucks Maine Lobster and others.

Although the site is being proposed by Costco, the company told WABI it does not comment on projects that are more than three months out.