LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Metro Planning Commission approved zoning changes Thursday to allow for the proposed Costco at the vacant former Showcase Cinemas site on Bardstown Road.

Costco will likely start work on the store next spring with an eye toward a late summer or fall 2016 opening, said Jackie Frank, a Costco official, in a brief interview following the hearing.

It will be the bulk retailer's second store in Louisville.

Planning commissioners largely applauded the plan but added a requirement designed to ensure connections between the Costco site and its neighboring commercial sites in future development.

Frank also quickly withdrew the retailer's request not to include a bike rack.

While Costco says its shoppers tend to come in cars and not bikes -- given the bulk merchandise sold in the big-box store -- Frank said they have "no problem" adding a bike rack and that store employees may use it. 

The plan now goes to the Metro Council, which will have the final say.

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