Costco has abandoned plans to open a store at Kelsey Creek Center in Bellevue, according to an article today in the Bellevue Reporter.

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Costco has abandoned plans to open a store at Kelsey Creek Center in Bellevue, according to an article today in the Bellevue Reporter.

The article says Costco Chairman Jeff Brotman broke the news at a meeting of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club last Friday. Brotman was not immediately available for comment this morning.

Last year, Costco unveiled plans to open a 140,000-square-foot store at the shopping center, which has been without an anchor tenant since Kmart closed in 2002. Costco said at the time that it planned to open a “Costco Fresh” store focusing on fresh foods, but it eventually withdrew permit applications for that plan.

Bellevue officials appeared to support Costco’s plan.

The biggest obstacle was Kelsey Creek itself, which runs beneath the property. Zoning rules require that the creek be permanently uncovered for new development, something city officials said would make most construction impossible. Costco proposed improving the culvert instead.

The city took no official action on that request, according to the Bellevue Reporter.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com