Changes Coming to Some Costco Photo Centers

June 19th, 2015 · 8 Comments

When I wrote about the new Costco opening in Perrysburg, Ohio, there was a mention of some changes to various areas of the store that might be coming to a store near you. In the article I referenced they didn’t delineate all of those differences, but apparently, one of them is getting rid of the one hour photo printing available at the in-store Photo Centers. I received an email recently alerting me to this change and wanted to make sure I share this news with everyone so you can make sure that you aren’t caught out when you next need photo prints.

John, a fellow Costco shopper in California, forwarded me an email that he received from Costco letting him know that changes are coming to the Photo Center at the Rancho Cordova Costco location that he shops at. Here’s the text of that email:

Dear Costco Photo Center Member,

We would like to take a moment to let you know we appreciate your business and inform you that we will be changing our service times for certain print products at the Costco Photo Center in Rancho Cordova, CA. On July 13th, 2015, we will discontinue the 1 hour service time for print products at the Rancho Cordova, CA Photo Center.

Prints will now be available in 5 – 7 days and will continue to be printed on the same high quality Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper.

You can place orders at the online Photo Center and choose the Rancho Cordova Costco to pick up orders the way you always have. Prints, canvases, greeting cards, stationery and photo books are still available through our kiosks in the store and online. We will continue to offer your favorite products at the same price with a change to the service time of some items.

Please review our products and service times below:

  • 4″x6″ up to 20″x30″ print sizes will be ready for pick up 5 – 7 days after the order is placed and will be printed on the same high quality Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper used in Rancho Cordova.
  • Greeting Cards will be ready for pick up in 7 – 9 days.
  • Canvas Prints, Premium Stationery, Photo Books and Calendars will be ready for pick up in 7 – 9 days. This is unchanged from our current service time.
  • There is no change to all other photo products offered at the online Photo Center such as Mugs, Mousepads, Photo Throws and more.
  • Passport Photos, Poster Boards, Restoration, Ink Refill, and Home Movie to DVD Transfer Services will be discontinued at the Rancho Cordova Costco.

Specifically for Photo Center Members – All Photo orders, whether ordered in the warehouse or online, will continue to be conveniently available for pick up at the Rancho Cordova Costco.

If you have any questions regarding the Photo Center our Rancho Cordova Costco Management Staff will be able to help you.


Costco Photo Center Team & the Rancho Cordova Costco Staff

For people that use the one hour photo printing service, this is going to be a rather big change since it will now take about a week to get your prints back.    John, who sent me the email, points out that this was something that brought him into the store more often because he gets prints for business and personal reasons quite frequently, and naturally while he is there he shops for other stuff.

Unfortunately, I do not have a complete list of stores where this change will be happening.  When I do a warehouse search on, Rancho Cordova and Perrysburg do not list “Photo Center” under the Specialty Departments section, so maybe that is a way to check if your location will be enacting this change as well.  I haven’t heard from anyone else about this but I did a bit of a spot check and it looks like none of the new locations that opened this month list a Photo Center, so it looks like this is something that no longer makes financial sense for Costco to have in store.  However, the online Photo Center where you can order photo prints and photo gifts, books, and such is not affected by these in-store changes.  If you order online you will still be able to pick things up in the store, just like before.  You will still be able to order these things in the store too, you just won’t be able to get your prints done while you shop.


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8 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Deanna // 2016.05.17 at 6:21 pm

    We have publishing deadlines – always running to get work out and need fast turn-around on pictures. Sometimes we need 100 prints asap for an 8-page spread. Our ministry giving depends on quick service so we can publish on time. These closures in Rancho Cordova and now Folsom are crippling us. PLUS we no longer shop in the store while waiting for our photos at the best ever Costco 1 hour photo business . . . in Folsom, CA. Looks like I’ll be going to Best Buy for my next television set. Was about to buy one at Costco, but Best Buy is closer now.

  2. 2 Tony // 2016.05.15 at 8:32 am

    The Knoxville, TN CostCo can be added to the list. Just tried and was greeted with the 5 to 7 days message.

    Bummer really because that leaves me with fewer options and no viable options if I need quicker service.

  3. 3 John Hartung // 2016.02.18 at 10:01 pm

    It seems all new Costcos indeed are missing the photo labs plus the Costco’s around me in Florida have had thier photo labs taken out. This includes the Clearwater and Sarasota stores. I believe this is short sighted business plan, as I am now having most of my printing done elsewhere. Therefore I shop much more rarely at Costco these days for other stuff.

  4. 4 Rick H // 2015.07.13 at 7:14 am

    Add Beltsville MD to the list. Costco may believe they can make more money with the space doing other things, and printed photos are a dclining business. It sucks.

    FWIW Costco has discontinued a lit of items we use that are popular (and often sold out, such as inexpensive Coconut Oil).

    Sam’s Club is a good alternative too – they carry a lot of items that Costco discontinued.

  5. 5 fred // 2015.06.30 at 3:41 pm

    I shop at the Santee, CA Costco, Store #403.
    Went to the photo dpt and the folks there didnt know what I was talking about on the elimination
    of the 1 hour photo developing being discontinued. They insisted there was no such plan.
    So was it just the one store? or were the Santee employees not informed of what was coming???

    • 6 Kimberly // 2015.07.02 at 2:07 am

      @Fred – It is more than the one store but I don’t have a list or anything. This is something that they are doing in the new stores that they open and some existing stores too. I’m guessing it has to do with use of the service at a particular store. Perhaps your store gets a lot of customers using the one hour photo service.

  6. 7 Doris // 2015.06.19 at 9:15 pm

    The Costco in Pompano Beach, FL no longer has the 1 hour photo and hasn’t for about a year. You can order on line and then go pick up your prints in 5-7 days. I preferred the 1 hour, but this works out okay also.

  7. 8 Greg // 2015.06.19 at 7:59 am

    5 to 7 days? Minimum?

    What is this, the 1950s?

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