Epping’s Costco store is a step closer to opening, with construction starting last week.

The 13,788-square metre store will be the fourth Costco store to open in Victoria, and only the second to include a fuel station.

It is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone said the store was set to open in mid-2018.

“Costco is very excited to open its fourth warehouse in Victoria and to be a part of this community,” he said.

“We feel it is the perfect location for us, offering convenience for our rapidly expanding membership in this area.

“We look forward to being an integral part of the growth in Melbourne’s north.”

Whittlesea council planning and major projects director Steve O’Brien said the development would also include the extension of Childs Road, through Deveny Road to Edgars Road.

“The concerted effort Pacific Epping, Costco, Quest and the council have made to work in partnership and enable these exciting new developments to take place, is paying off,” he said.

“They’ll not only provide even more services in our local area, but both direct jobs in-store and others with local suppliers too.

“It has also made some vital road improvements possible.”