[I received this great letter from a new reader to my blog, Laura, who is (as the title suggests) hoping that Costco will consider building a warehouse in the Flagstaff, Arizona area. I loved her email so much, I asked her if I could use it for a guest post; I love the stories of such Costco dedication! She’s been a member since the days of Price Club, and even without a local store they still recoup their Executive Membership fees every year. Come on, Costco, don’t make her continue to be forced into shopping at Sam’s Club; that is just cruel!]
Desperately Seeking Northern Arizona Costco
Just found your lovely site while looking for reviews on All Wood Cabinets. I consider myself a Costco addict as well. We live in the “house that Costco built”, sometimes I look around and am amazed at the sheer percentage of stuff we acquire at Costco. From our living room furniture, garage doors, beds, sheets, cookware, flatware, towels, food for humans, pets and even horses, down to this laptop and my engagement ring!
We have spent part of not one, but two vacations in London trekking out to the Costco in Chingford, taking the train from Waterloo station, transferring to a bus and walking about a mile. We lived in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and took coolers full of steaks and scallops purchased in DC at the Pentagon City Costco back to Central Asia via Frankfurt. They were a huge hit at the American Embassy parties!
Now we make our summer home in Flagstaff, AZ. Our nearest Costco is 85 miles away in Prescott, and the next closest is 130 miles away. We had to *GASP* buy a membership to Sam’s (yuck!). There was a Costco in the works but it was scrapped or postponed; can’t get the real story. We are so miserable without Costco and can’t believe this large, vibrant, affluent college town busting with tourists, students and year-round residents is deprived so cruelly. C’mon Costco, we have the population base and there is a superb location near I-40 on the East end of town, possibly outside of the city limits and the attendant anti-growth BS of the town’s board of idiots.
For the last four years, we have been stopping at customer service, dropping off suggestion cards, and even spoke to our local Chamber of Commerce president. We are serious about Costco.
How can our voices be heard?
I’d like to add that my personal addictions from Costco are the Sweet Mesquite seasoning on popcorn and just about any meat (discontinued for awhile and now back–I found an online seller that had it and bought 5 jars at great expense so I wouldn’t run out!) Now my daily breakfast is Fage Greek yogurt sprinkled with Grape Nuts and a drizzle of Organic Blue Agave. Yum.
Thanks for the great website. It’s nice to know others are as passionate about Costco as we are. I have found myself, instead of counting sheep, counting the items I buy at Costco to soothe me to sleep at night. Is that so wrong?