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.
- AddictedToCostco.com: Costco US Photo Center Down to Investigate Possible Third Party Data Breach
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.
- News 4: Costco Makes it Clear: Bulk Cigarette Buys to Be Scrutinized
- Consumerist: Costco Joins In Virginia Crackdown On Bulk Cigarette Buyers