Unique Parking Options at Lancaster, PA Costco

February 26th, 2013 · 11 Comments

Unique parking solutions

I thought we could all use an interesting little bit of Costconess today, at least I know I could.  I was recently sent some photos from a fellow Costco lover’s trip to the Lancaster, PA Costco location, so I knew I had to share them with everyone here.

As many of you are probably aware, Lancaster is Amish country and that means lots of people using less than modern transportation methods.  Yup, we’re talking horses and buggies here.  If you’re not used to living in an area like this, well, it can be quite surprising to pass a few horse and buggy “vehicles” on the roads as you drive around.  Every time I’ve been in an area like this it is absolutely fascinating to me, I have to admit.  It gets as many looks from motorists as passing a fancy sports car like a Ferrari.

Costco in Lancaster, PA

The thing I’ve never really considered is where these people park their buggies whenever they get to where they are going.  And never, for even a second, have I ever anticipated that Costco would need to worry about how to accomodate members worried about parking their horse and buggy.  I mean, you just don’t think of the Amish as Costco members, do you?  Apparently, they like a good deal just like I do.  In any case, it appears that Costco has thought about it and implemented a very nice solution.

As you’ll notice from the photos, Costco has built a really lovely covered parking structure that looks like a little barn with a rail to tie your horse to, as well.  It’s quite cute and looks like it is the right length to keep the horse out of the wind and elements and most of the buggy too.  The only problem I can see is that the “floor” is concrete which isn’t necessarily a horses favourite substance to stand around on.  But all in all, a nice touch from Costco.

The person who sent me the photos had a good point:  what’s the job description for the position that is responsible for parking lot manure removal?  And also, do you think they compost it?  Wonder how many Amish members Costco has in the Lancaster area.  And what came first the members or the horse and buggy parking area?  Did Costco always have intentions to build the horse and buggy parking area?  And what kind of stuff do you think the Amish folks buy at Costco?  Think they’re bringing home the 12 pack of Bounty paper towels in the back of the buggy?  How much space is there in one of the buggies for Costco sized purchases?

Fascinating.

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  3. 3 Crystal // 2013.02.27 at 8:40 am

    This is my Costco where I shop several times a week. The Amish shoppers came first as the structure was built less than 2 years ago by Amish workers. What you don’t see in the pictures is the water pump for the horses. A nice touch! Most people would be surprised that they buy almost the same things as everyone else, except for clothing and electrical appliances. While some do load their purchases into the back of the buggy, many hire drivers who haul their purchases back home for them. They also buy items for resale in their shops. Our Costco also keeps propane tanks in stock most of the time, as they use propane for cooking and running some farm equipment. Hope that answers a few questions! Have a great day!

  4. 4 Tom // 2013.02.27 at 6:09 am

    If we can ever convince them to build a Costco in The Villages, Fl, I would hope they build a golf cart parking area. Over 90,000 residents already, which amounts to close to 45,000 golf carts.

  5. 5 Robin from Orlando // 2013.02.26 at 9:55 pm

    Costco has a lot of cooking basics like flour, sugar, rice, oil and fruits and vegetables when they would be locally out of season. And meats. Even if a family ate no processed food, there is still plenty of choices, particularly for a large family.

  6. 6 Gary LaPointe // 2013.02.26 at 7:24 pm

    They sell it in the home and garden section as fertilizer :)

    Or you need to bring a big baggie with you :)

    • 7 Gary LaPointe // 2013.02.26 at 7:25 pm

      FYI, All over Egypt a lot of the taxi cabs are horse and buggy, I think it was a usefulness thing, not just a novelty (I’m not sure if I paid more for a horse taxi than a regular one, if I did, I don’t think it was much). But there were a few organizations trying to raise money to create “parking spots” in the shade for the horse cabs.

  7. 8 Anon // 2013.02.26 at 2:26 pm

    So, does that Costco Warehouse have a Horse & Buggy Purchase Program similar to the Auto Buying Program?

    • 9 Kimberly // 2013.02.26 at 4:54 pm

      @Anon – And perhaps you can get your buggy wheels replaced while you shop too? :-)

      • 10 Anon // 2013.02.26 at 7:29 pm

        Michelin or Bridgestone :-)

  8. 11 Tina // 2013.02.26 at 1:18 pm

    That used to be my local Costco! The area that the Costco is in is pretty much in the “heart” of Amish country in Lancaster. Many of the places visitors will go see the Amish are close by, so it might not be so surprising that those Amish Costco members work in the tourist areas.

    They’ve always had that Horse and Buggy parking area since I remember going to that Costco (around 1998). The shelter must have been built more recently but there were spots for 3-4 buggies. Occasionally I would see them in the store but I didn’t pay too much attention to what they bought – I think it was mostly food items. A few other stores in the area there also have horse and buggy parking since the Amish are such a large community there, so it’s nice that stores like Costco are considerate towards them as they are towards car drivers.

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