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.
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?