Random Costco News: July 2015

July 30th, 2015 · 6 Comments

I’ve got a few small news items, that aren’t really enough for a full post, so I thought I’d round them all up in a little news summary.

Costco in Charlottesville, Virginia Opening Today

The new 150,000 square foot Costco at the Shops at Stonefield will be opening today at 8 am!  The 200 employees are ready, the new store is all stocked and the surrounding roads have been widened and traffic lights installed so that hopefully everything goes smoothly for the big day.  They will have local craft beers and food items, as well as University of Virginia apparel.

3171 District Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22901-2784

Costco Photo Center Website Still Down

CostcoPhotoCenter.com is still down as a result of the recent hacking of their third party vendor, PNI Digital Media.  The message on the photo center website says that they are working hard on the situation, but do not expect the site to be up and working again until the middle of August.  They will update the message on the website when more information is available, so you can check it for the latest information on when the site might be back.

Costco in Virginia Cracking Down on Black Market Cigarette Purchases

After a recent investigation by News 4 in DC, Costco has tightened up its checks on people buying large quantities of cigarettes.  Cigarette taxes in Virginia are some of the lowest in the country at just $0.30 per pack, so it can be quite lucrative to buy your cigarettes in bulk at a store like Costco or Sam’s Club in Virginia and then take them across state lines and sell them for a nice profit.  Unfortunately, this little scheme is only viable if you’re not paying all of the required fees and licenses that are required for doing this legally.  Apparently, Costco and other stores were not giving thorough enough checks to people buying huge quantities of cigarettes at their locations in Virginia, but that’s changed now.  Costco has recently posted new signs in their Virginia stores that say they require tobacco purchasers to show additional ID, complete specific IRS forms for cash purchases over three thousand dollars, and provide their license plate for transporting cigarettes.

 

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  1. 1 joe // 2015.08.28 at 5:33 pm

    Costco will start to sell diesel at Irvine, Ca location. Banners can be seen at the entrances of parking lots. I talked with a gas station attendant, he informed me that extra islands will be added and diesel will be offered. Construction should be done by end of Sept 2015. This, and Yorba Linda location will be the 1st Costco locations to offer diesel in Orange County.

    more info at:

    http://www.costco.com/gasoline-diesel.html

  2. 2 Bob // 2015.08.03 at 9:28 am

    On July 29, the day before the grand opening of the new Charlottesville Costco, they had a preview with free food from the cafe and bakery for those attending. Flank steak, chicken, salmon, frozen yogurt, cheesecake, apple pie, soda, cake, etc. Very nice. This one is upscale. $85,000 diamond necklace for purchase. New Audi on display (most Costco’s usually have lower priced cars, like Ford and Honda, on display). The gas station even sells diesel.

    • 3 Kimberly // 2015.08.03 at 10:08 am

      @Bob – Thanks for the info. I didn’t know any of the Costco gas stations sold diesel.

  3. 4 Jim Clark // 2015.07.31 at 6:05 am

    Costco Charlottesville was packed with shoppers on its first day. You can tell many were first time Costco shoppers. Costco employee greeters were everywhere. Store layout was a little weird with the loaves of bread on the other side of the store from the bakery. But very nice.

    • 5 Kimberly // 2015.07.31 at 8:53 am

      @Jim – Thanks for the trip report!

    • 6 GJ // 2015.07.31 at 1:37 pm

      Costco Morena in San Diego also moved loaves of bread away from their bakery. Maybe they don’t want to wheel in breads all the way back, or they want to group breads as breakfast food.

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