Since Costco opened its first Australian location in Melbourne during August 2009, it has been doing incredibly well. From what I’ve read, there was/is lots of room for improvement in prices because of the very small variety of grocery stores. And now, Costco has shaken things up this week in two additional Australian cities this week.
Today (July 21) the second Costco in Australia opened in Auburn, a suburb west of Sydney. There was quite a crowd with more than 5,000 shoppers. And that was despite lousy weather and even lousier traffic. But people are excited to have someplace other than Woolworth’s and Coles to shop at, apparently and they don’t mind the $60.00 (AUS) to buy a membership.
“We know Costco from our trips to the US and, with two growing children, it’s a good place to shop, as prices are about 20 per cent cheaper than Woolworths,” said one of the shoppers.
Tomorrow, July 22, Costco’s third location in Australia is set to open in Canberra. That location will be 14,000 square meters and have all the usual good opening day bargains. I’m sure there will be just as much fanfare and the lines will be just as long to scoop up some bargains at Costco.
Were you at the opening in Auburn? Or, are you planning on going to the Canberra opening on Friday? I’d love a guest post or two about the new locations! If you’re interested in writing something up or even just sharing some photos, let me know.
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