This Week at Costco – September 20, 2015

September 26th, 2015 by Kimberly · 3 Comments

I can’t believe it is officially Fall now, Summer is gone for another year.  This year seems to have flown by to me because I feel like it should just be the beginning of Summer.  Maybe that is just wishful thinking.  If you’re in the US, don’t forget that this is the last weekend for the current coupon book.

I’ve had a few people contact me or leave comments here that are still having problems with the Costco Photo website in the US after the outage.  If you’re one of those people, please drop me an email so that I can pass your information along to the right people at Costco and hopefully you can get your issues resolved.

Slow+Low Lamb Shanks in Minted Gravy

Slow+Low Lamb Shanks in Minted Gravy

Slow+Low Lamb Shank in Minted Gravy –  I think at this point we’ve tried just about all of the Slow+Low offerings they’ve had at Costco.  For the most part we’ve really liked them, and this lamb was not exception.  In the box at Costco you get two vacuum packed pouches with two bone-in lamb shanks and a generous amount of red wine, lamb, and mint gravy.  The beauty of this is that it is so simple to make and needs really little involvement during the cooking.  You snip open the bags and put them in an oven proof dish or pan that can be covered and you are pretty much done.  It takes about 55 minutes to cook and aside from putting it in initially, you just need to take it out mid-way through the cooking and stir the sauce and baste the lamb shanks then pop it back in to finish cooking.  The lamb was so tender that it just fell off the bone and the gravy was lightly minty, but not in an overwhelming way (which is good because I’m not really a mint person).  I was worried because it seemed like there was an awful lot of sauce in the pouches but it works well because that is obviously necessary to really slow cook the lamb to tender perfection.  We served it with a not ungenerous serving of the gravy, but there was still quite a bit left in the pan.  The lamb shanks are a good size but not huge.  They say this serves four and I think that is possibly only true if you have a lot of other stuff to eat.  I ate one and half of a second one and Dave easily polish off two lamb shanks.  I had served it with some couscous and a vegetable (asparagus, I think).  If we had something more starchy, like potatoes, with it, just a single lamb shank might have sufficed.   I think the Slow+Low dishes are great for a fairly quick, or at least easy to make, main dish for a weekday dinner.  The other good thing is that they always have a fairly long use-by date, so you can keep it on hand for a night when you’d like to eat something decent but don’t have the time or energy to put a lot of effort into it.  We’ll definitely be getting this again.  These lamb shanks really well be perfect with some potatoes and roasted vegetables during Winter.   4 shanks for £10.99.  Item #: 0191150.

Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies

Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies

Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies –  Oh wow, these are so delicious !  Walkers makes the best shortbread cookies, so it is hard to pass up something that combines that with chocolate.  Most years I buy one of the giant Walkers shortbread tins at Costco, but I was happy to see this normal sized box of tasty chocolate cookies.  These are just as chocolatey as you might guess since they are made with four different kinds of chocolate: dipped in Belgian milk chocolate, with chunks of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate.  First, they use a chocolate dough made with (I’m guessing here) the dark chocolate.  Then, they have big chunks of chocolate – milk and white – mixed in with them like chocolate chip cookies.  And finally, because that might not be quite enough chocolate, the bottoms are dipped in milk chocolate.  These are made in Scotland, in small batches with quality ingredients like real butter.  All of that chocolate (42% of the ingredients are chocolate) makes for a rich, decadent treat.  I think these are the perfect companion to a cup of tea or glass of milk.  I think just one or two of them at a time is the perfect serving size because they are really rich so more than that and you are risking a tummy ache.  The box isn’t huge and there aren’t a ton of cookies in it either because they are packed so that there is space between them in the little try to keep them from sticking together.  There are 18 cookies in the box, which unlike the big tins at Costco, is a reasonable size for a family.  I’ve seen these in the US too, but just like here they aren’t available year-round; just around the holidays or when the weather is cooler.  I’m guessing they don’t want to chance it that these super chocolaty cookies turn into a melty chocolaty mess when it is warm.  400 grams/18 cookies for £4.29 +VAT.  Item #: 0188692.

Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts

Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts

Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts – If you can control yourself, a small handful of nuts per day is a good snack and can offer a fair bit of nutritional value as well.  We usually buy the big canister of cashews at Costco, but this time I was thinking it would be good to have a little nut variety so we went for the mixed nuts instead.  Unlike a lot of companies that have a mixed nut offering, Costco doesn’t skimp and only put in a few of the “good” nuts depending on things like cheap peanuts to fill out the mix.  The mix is pretty heavily cashew actually at 48%.  And they are big, lovely cashews, not little broken bits.  The rest of the mix is: 26% almonds, 10% macadamia nuts, 9% pecans, and 7% Brazil nuts.  I’m not a huge fan of Brazil nuts so I was glad that they are just 7% of the mix.  I feel like there are a lot of almonds and wish that they would have fewer of those and have more pecans.  The pecans in the mix are delicious but there’s just not enough of them.  I do like that they have so many macadamia nuts though because those are usually one of the nuts that are more expensive and thus skimped on in mixes.  All of the nuts are roasted and salted but it doesn’t seem excessively salted to me.  This great mixed nut canister is not the cheapest nut offering at Costco by any means, but it is well worth it I think.  If the nuts they used were all broken and cheap, then I’d feel differently, but that’s not the Costco way.  This big thing of nuts will last quite a while if you are just having a small little serving everyday too.  As always with the Kirkland Signature nuts at Costco, if you have no control over yourself when you start eating them, you should probably try to just walk right by them in the store since they come in the giant canisters.   1.13 kilograms for £12.49 +VAT.  Item #: 0331896.

Paul Brassac Organic Sparkling Juice

Paul Brassac Organic Sparkling Juice

Paul Brassac Organic  Sparkling Juice – Neither Dave nor I drink alcohol, but sometimes we like to have something aside from juice or water.  And if it is something that fizzes even better.  I haven’t seen this before but we liked it well enough that I hope they have it again.  You get a three pack at Costco with two bottles of apple pomegranate and one bottle of apple peach.  We both thought the apple peach was the better flavour and wish that they would make the mix two of that instead of the pomegranate.  The juice is all organic with no added sugars, no gluten, and no alcohol.  The base for both is apple which is made from apple juice from concentrate.  Aside from the apple juice, there’s water, carbon dioxide to give you the bubbles, natural flavourings, and citric acid.  The pomegranate juice also has organic vegetal juice as well.  It’s great that it is a juice product that doesn’t have a bunch of added sugar.  Fruits have so much natural sugar anyway, I don’t think all of that added sugar is needed to make it palatable.  This is really just like a sparkling alcoholic beverage, right down to having a cork even. As I said, the peach is really delicious with a beautiful peachy flavour and really no sign of the apple juice even though it is the main juice used to make this.  The pomegranate wasn’t bad, but it definitely couldn’t hold a candle to the peach, as far as we were concerned.  If you’re a person that doesn’t drink though, yet you’d still like something nice to have with a decent meal, these juices are perfect, and a great alternative to something like Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice.  These would also be excellent for making mocktails or even regular cocktails too I think.  Next time I might see how they work with the Langers Mango Nectar that I love so much.  If you’re planning a holiday party, these might be good to pick up too for any guests that don’t drink alcohol (even the kids).   3, 750 ml bottles for £3.99 +VAT.  Item #: 0188219.

Quaker Soft Baked Bars

Quaker Soft Baked Bars

[This item comes from Rick Vanover, who usually writes for IT topics and shops at warehouses in the United States.]

Quaker Soft Baked Bars – Also this week, a new product showed up in the center of the racetrack in my market: Quaker Soft Baked Bars. These bars are the perfect multi-use case snack as they can function as a light breakfast, yet are also a great addition to the lunches that I pack for the family for school and work. There are 24 bars that are split between Banana Nut and Cinnamon Pecan flavors and they are very substantive for a bar. Too many times I feel granola bars or other individual snacks of this form factor don’t do much to address a snack-like hunger; but these seemed to do a much better job at the task. They clock in at 140 or 150 calories; reasonable yet more substantive than some of the 90/100 calorie items. We gave a test with the 9 year-old and they passed her test; which was encouraging as she doesn’t usually care for nuts. The Quaker bars are a good addition to a breakfast, packed lunch or afternoon snack regimen and were priced at $9.99 at my market this weekend. Check them out!



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In the News: Nutella Waffle Sample Sparks Craziness in Burbank Costco

September 23rd, 2015 by Kimberly · 3 Comments

So, I’ve written quite often about how much I love Nutella for it’s chocolaty hazel-nutty goodness.  However, I don’t love it so much that I would get in a fist fight over it.  Unfortunately, not everyone has my powers of restraint it seems.

On Sunday, there was a shocking event that took place in the Burbank California Costco (1051 W Burbank Blvd) and it all started over the sample station of Nutella waffles.  A 78 year old man was wanting a sample, sadly for him it was at the same time as a 24 year old man, Derrick Gharabighi, had snatched all of them up.  The older shopper told the young guy he had wanted one of the samples and that he shouldn’t take so many.  This is something that just seems like basic politeness really and not something that you should actually have to ever tell someone.  Usually the reaction to a stranger saying something like this might shame, guilt, or to just ignore them.  Mr. Gharabighi had another, much more violent reaction: he punched the 78 year old shopper in the face!!!  What the hell?!?  The older shopper/victim was admitted to the hospital with a one inch cut and swelling around his left eye.

Mr. Gharabighi is now finding out that snarfing down all of the samples and then acting like the Incredible Hulk is a very expensive proposition.  He was arrested and has been charged with one count of elder abuse, as well as the special allegation that he inflicted great bodily harm on the elderly man.  He is currently being held on $50,000.00 bail.  If he’s convicted he faces as much as 11 years in prison, according to the LA district attorney’s office.  You kind of wonder how he could not be convicted since he assaulted the man in a busy Costco store on a Sunday and right in front of at least one witness (the sample person), not to mention the security cameras in Costco that must have caught this on tape.  Certainly the cost of Nutella and some waffles is much less than all of the legal fees and prison time.  So, I hope he enjoyed the Nutella because it is probably the last time for quite a while he’ll be having that treat.

This is a horrific and really shocking situation.  It’s almost impossible to believe because it just seems to be such an utterly over the top reaction to something that is really quite trivial.  Who goes around punching people at the slightest provocation (if you can even call this provocation)?  Can people just not control themselves anymore?  Or, do they simply not feel a need to do so?  And why are some people so greedy about grabbing up all of the free samples that Costco gives out?  I mean, try one or two but you don’t need to make a pig of yourself and take them all, especially if others are waiting for a sample.

They haven’t named the victim but I’m hoping that Nutella sends him a get well gift basket.

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Costco Auto & Polaris Team Up for Special Offer

September 22nd, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

The Costco Auto Program has been offering great deals on vehicles for a long time now, and it has proven an immensely popular way for Costco members to purchase new cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles over the years.  As I recently posted, Costco is now the second largest auto seller in the US, just behind AutoNation.  So it seems only natural that they would once again team up with Polaris, the leader in powersport vehicles, for a great special offering on a variety of powersport vehicles.  Polaris makes off-road vehicles of various types, Victory motorcycles, snowmobiles, and GEM electric vehicles.  This is the third time that Costco Auto and Polaris have offered a special deal to Costco members.

“The two previous Costco Auto Program and Polaris promotions helped boost awareness with Costco members. In fact, 81 percent of members who participated said it was their first Polaris purchase,” said Cory Benwell, executive general manager of powersports at Costco Auto Program. “Now that members have been exposed to the product, we’re excited to see how they will respond to receiving exclusive savings on nearly all models. Polaris features some of the industries’ cutting edge products, and we expect a great response to this offer.”

Special Offer for Polaris vehicles through November 30, 2015

Special Offer for Polaris vehicles through November 30, 2015

This special deal with Polaris is good on vehicles purchased between now and the end of November 2015 and covers all model years currently in inventory of Polaris side-by-sides, excluding the RZR XP Turbo EPS; all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, excluding the Indy 120; Victory Motorcycles; and GEM electric vehicles.  Costco members that take advantage of this deal will receive the following:

  • Low, prearranged pricing
  • Any applicable national incentives
  • Plus, receive a $200 Costco Cash Card for submitting a redemption form and completing a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey after purchase

Taking advantage of this special offers is just as easy as any other vehicle purchase through the Costco Auto Program.  Costco members will need to register with the Costco Auto Program to locate a participating dealership; purchase or factory order between 9/1/2015 and 11/30/2015; submit a redemption form after purchase and complete a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey by phone to receive the Costco Cash Card by mail.  Unfortunately, this offer is only available to those in the US (not available in Puerto Rico, Canada, or Mexico) and does not cover used vehicles.  The good thing is that you won’t have to haggle over the price and the salesman won’t pull any of that “have to talk to my manager about this” stuff either.  Your hardest decision might just be what cool thing to buy.

If you’re not in the market for a new snowmobile, motorcycle, or powersport vehicle, you can still save 15% (up to $200) on regular-priced parts, service, accessories and apparel year-round, when you present your Costco membership card at participating Polaris powersport dealers.

As always, if the special deal with Polaris doesn’t fit in with your needs for a new vehicle, be sure to check out all of the special offers that are available through the Costco Auto Program currently.  They have lots of great offers on a very wide variety of brands – BMW to Ford to Lexus to Volvo.  There are deals offering special financing rates, incentives, and cash back.


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Costco UK Coupon Book: September 21 – October 11, 2015

September 19th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new Costco UK coupon book starts on Monday and runs through the first first third of October, until the 11th.  In this new coupon book there is a decent £570.00 in savings, which is less than the previous book but seems to have a pretty good selection of deals.  There’s a nice variety of products for the most part, including things like televisions, toys, items for around the house, and even a safe.  It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of food deals, though if you’re in the market for alcoholic beverages there is a pretty decent selection.

Costco UK Coupon Book: September 21 - October 11, 2015

Costco UK Coupon Book: September 21 – October 11, 2015

I’ve uploaded the new Costco UK Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer).  If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Also, while you’re there, ask them for a copy of the latest book if they didn’t hand you one when you walked in the store.  In the UK they print the coupons on both sides of the pages, without the codes, and they just automatically deduct them after they ring up your items.  I love this method of couponing and I’m glad to see that it seems all Costco locations in the world are following suit.  I do still find it useful to have a copy so I know what to look for because I don’t always notice the signs that they’ve posted to let you know what has a coupon.  Of course, they often hand you a copy of the coupon book when you walk in the store or have them sitting there so you can grab one as you enter. I usually download a copy of the PDF to my phone before I go to the store so that I can easily reference it while shopping.  If you sign up to receive emails from, they will send you an email to let you know when the new coupon book is available online, usually the weekend before the new book starts.  Since they now post the coupons on the Costco UK website, you can always download a copy of the latest coupon book from there or you can find a link to it on the Warehouse Offers webpage.

If you’ve got a bit of Fall home improvement on your calendar, there are some deals in this latest bunch of coupons that could prove helpful.  The most multi-purpose product on sale this month is a big 10 litre bucket of Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion in Pure Brilliant White.  You can save £5.00 for a final price of £29.98 with VAT.  You can use this to give all of your interior walls and ceilings a nice fresh look.   If you’re thinking of updating your bathroom a bit, there’s a great mirror in this coupon book too.  You can save £30.00 off a Tavistock LUX Bathroom Mirror (final price £119.98 with VAT).  The mirror is pretty fancy, as you might expect with that price, it has LED illumination, a heat demister pad, and an infrared sensor on the front for the light.  I’ve seen this mirror in the stores and it is quite nice and I’d love to have one.  I like the light, but really love the idea of something that keeps the mirror from fogging up after a hot shower.  There’s also a coupon for £5.00 off a Klik Toilet Seat, for a price of £17.98 (with VAT).  It’s got a quick release system and the very nice soft close.  If you’re doing stuff around the house you might as install the Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm (£3.00 off with a final price of £8.38 with VAT).  This is an important thing that everyone should have, and at such a low price there’s no reason not to have them in your house, keeping everyone safe.

Dave’s got allergies, and at various times of the year, Kleenex is an important item in our house.   Regular Kleenex doesn’t really cut it after awhile though because they can really shred on a guy face; I think it is the beard stubble.  Plus, after you’ve blown your nose a number of times too, your nose is all red and irritated too.  So, I was thrilled when we tried the Kleenex Balsam Tissues the first time.  They are bigger and sturdier than regular Kleenex, plus they have a microfine layer of calendula to provide a little bit of protective balm with each blow and rub of your nose.  The balm really does manage to keep your nose from getting that red irritated look after too much blowing.  I bought these just a couple of months ago but might consider buying another six pack since they’ve got a coupon this time.  Each box has 80 tissues, so you get a decent amount of Kleenex, especially if you consider that you don’t have to get more than one tissue to blow your nose.  You can save £1.20 off a 6 pack for a final price of £5.62 (including VAT).  I only have two boxes left so I probably should get more in preparation for cold season which is sadly just around the corner.

There’s a coupon for something that I really want to mention because it’s not that great and probably not worth it, even with the coupon.  You can save £2.00 off a Shedrain Umbrella; final price of £5.98 with VAT.  I bought a two pack of these at Costco a number of years ago and thought they were great at first.  And they weren’t great, they were really not great.  The plasticky bits on the handles broke in half and made the umbrella unpleasant to hold.  And on one of the other ones I bought the ribs bent and broke in the second windy rain storm.  Living in such a rainy area I wish that Costco had better umbrellas, but these are not them.

Finally, there are a couple of great deals on steak mince and a leg of pork too.  You can save £3.00 on the big packs of Kirkland Signature Scotch Steak Mince. I love these big packs of mince because you can come home and bag it up into smaller sizes and pop it in the freezer for burgers, meatloaf, chili, stuffed peppers, or whatever takes your fancy.  The other deal is for £3.00 off a British Cut Leg of Pork that is trimmed to Costco specifications.   We usually don’t get these because they’re just too big for us, but the rest of the pork at Costco is really great, so I imagine these are too.  The size of the packages and the final price depends on the package you choose, obviously.


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Locations Update: September 2015

September 17th, 2015 by Kimberly · 9 Comments

There’s a lot of news going on this month.  I’m sure that is because I delayed getting this posted – that’ll teach me!  I’m probably not going to wait until the middle of October to do the next update either.  It looks like some locations that were stalled have started making forward progress again, which is always good.  There was only one opening in September, on the 12th which clearly already happened, in Woodland Hills, California.  October and November look like they should be busy months for new openings though, with at least 12 new locations opening in that period.  I’ve updated the list of openings on the Locations page, however, I still have a slew of locations I’ve been tracking that at one point looked like they might be opening this year, though now that looks highly suspect.  I’m going to try to find out information on these locations so that I can move everything around appropriately in the next few weeks.  If you’ve got any info on any of these locations, I’d love to hear it.

Ridgeland/Jackson, Mississippi

If you missed it, guest poster Rick Vanover did a very detailed post about the situation in Ridgeland with the Costco that is proposed for Phase 3 of  the Renaissance development.  There has been much discussion and argument about the actual location of the new Costco, so Rick’s post does a good job of laying out the whole situation and the view from all sides involved.

Pearland, Texas

The new location in Pearland at the northwest corner of Highway 288 and County Road 59 will have their grand opening on November 12 at 8 am.  The night before, there will be a special event from 6 to 8 pm where you can check out the store and the products available, though you won’t be able to buy anything.  If you’re not yet a member, you can now sign up at the temporary office at Pearland Town Center next to Game Stop in Suite 1440.

Columbia, South Carolina

Good news, Costco has cleared one hurdle by getting construction approval from Richland County for their new store near Harbison.  The state Department of Transportation will still need to grant approval for the road improvements needed.  The new store will be located at Piney Grove and Fernandina roads.  The DOT has been working closely with Costco’s team to move the approval process along with on-going input and suggested changes, but there are still some issues to work out and it isn’t certain when final approval for necessary works will be given.  However, since DOT have been basically approving everything as they work with Costco, there shouldn’t be any last minute blocks to approval.

Napa, California

The county and the city have been going back and forth over agreements on the Napa Pipe development, which includes a new Costco location.  Finally, after more than nine months, Napa County Supervisors approved five agreements with the city without further issues.  The five agreements cover exactly how the city of Napa is to provide water, police and other services to Napa Pipe and annex the land in phases, while the county gets credit for its state-mandated housing requirements. Costco tax money is the big factor that helps the project make financial sense for local governments.  You can read the article below for details about all of the tax agreements that dictate how the revenue will be split between the county and city.   Going forward, the city and county will both oversee the Napa Pipe project.  The September 22 meeting of the county Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the agency overseeing Napa County annexations, will prove to be the next big milestone for the project.   This meeting is a key because it will set up the project to be supplied with municipal services, including water which has been a big issue with the project.  Before Costco, or anyone else, can start building though, the groundworks and things like access roads and other infrastructure items must be taken care of, and that could take all of 2016.  In light of that little piece of information, it seems like Costco won’t be open until Spring 2017.

Henderson, Nevada

It seems that Costco is interested in opening a second location in Henderson.  Costco filed plans with the city of Henderson for a new 150,000 square foot location in the southwest of the city near Interstate 15, east of St. Rose Parkway, on a piece of vacant land.  The store will also have a gas station with 10 pumps.  Approval for the gas station will require a public hearing and approval by the Henderson Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission could hear the case as early as October but if they have questions or require changes, this could push that schedule back.  If things go smoothly, I think the store could be open in Summer 2016, but so far no opening target date has been mentioned.

Louisville, Kentucky

The Louisville Metro Council voted to grant permission for the necessary zoning changes needed by Costco to build a new location on Bardstown Road.  The site was formerly Showcase Cinema but that has been closed for years and years.  Only part of the site needed to be rezoned to C-2 Commercial (heavy use commercial) zoning, as the majority of the site was already zoned appropriately for Costco.  The new 150,000 square foot store will also have a gas station, tire center, and liquor store, as well as bike racks.  The only requirement from the planning commission was that there be connections between the Costco site and its neighboring commercial sites in future development.  Costco expects to start construction on this new location next spring with an opening in late Summer or Fall 2016.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

So, the much anticipated Costco in Tulsa was supposed to open this Fall, unfortunately, the weather had other plans.  All of the groundworks are still being carried out because the weather has been so wet that the plot has been a muddy mess creating delays.  The ground if finally dry enough to allow the concrete to be poured and for all of the construction vehicles to continue work on the site with crews excavating, installing utilities, erecting retaining walls, and burying gasoline tanks.  As a result of all of the weather delays, it looks like the new Costco won’t be opening until late March or early April 2016, so everyone in Oklahoma will have a bit longer to wait.

Colchester, Vermont

It looks like the Colchester Costco might finally be getting a gas station.  Costco opened its Colchester warehouse in 1993 and hadn’t been installing gas stations at that time.  They first started on the long road to getting a gas station in 2007.  After much legal back-and-forth, the Vermont Environmental Court has given Costco the go-ahead to install a gas station with 12 gas pumps in Colchester.  The installation of the gas station was hotly protested by two companies owning gas stations in the area, R.L. Vallee, Inc. and Timberlake Associates.  R.L. Vallee says they are still considering an appeal (they have 30 days to file one after the verdict), but let’s all hope that this comes to an end.  With the court’s decision, Costco will be required to revamp its stormwater treatment system and pay for traffic improvements. Adding left-hand and right-hand turn lanes and another travel lane to serve through traffic to Lower Mountain View Drive at its intersection with the Roosevelt Highway, is estimated to cost $720,000, and Costco will be responsible for paying 20% of the total cost of improvements.  There’s also another $362,000 worth of improvements to Exit 16 of Interstate 89 near Costco.

Hoover, Alabama

Hoover City Council voted to grant Costco a liquor license in August.   The Hoover Costco location, open since 2003, will begin building out their liquor section which will be outside of the main warehouse, however, the store manager didn’t comment on when they would start selling liquor.  As you can imagine, this created the usual upset from various factions of the public, but the city council voted 4-2 in favour of granting the license.  Strangely, one the of the councilman, Gene Smith, voted against the license because he said Costco’s attorney, John Milledge, had a bad attitude – whatever that means.

Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Remember what seems like a thousand years ago when there was talk about Costco opening a new location in Orillia on University Avenue?  Well, now that might actually get a chance to happen.  The hold up was due to lots and lots of road improvements that the province said were necessary before any development could proceed.  Finally, that work is set to begin next year along the Highway 12/West Orillia corridor.  There’s a lot of work to be done: a second southbound right-turn lane at the ramp exiting Highway 11 southbound, at the intersection of Highway 12/Coldwater Road; a four-way stop at the intersection of Bass Lake Road and West Ridge Boulevard will be converted to traffic signals; and, reconfiguration and signals added at the intersection of Highway11/12/Old Barrie Road, near Scout Valley.  Some of the work has been deferred by the Ontario transportation ministry until after Costco opens.  So now Costco just has to complete the site application and get to building, I guess.  But this is definitely progress in the right direction to actually getting a store open.

Getafe (Madrid), Spain

The second Costco in Spain is getting close to finally opening.  I’ve been expecting this location to open for almost a year, I think.  The new Costco is located 10 kilometres south of Madrid in the Los Gavilanes Industrial Park in Getafe onCalle Rosalind Franklin (as a science-y aside, Rosalind Franklin’s x-ray crystallography research and images were key to determining the double helical molecular structure of DNA) .  The new warehouse will include a gas station, which is also one of the last things holding up the opening.  Apparently, Costco is still waiting for the license for the gas station before opening.  If you’re in the area and thinking of becoming a Costco member, now is the time to sign up because Costco Spain has some great membership discounts.  Individuals can get a discount of 33% off of the regular membership fee of € 36.30 (that includes the VAT).  Business members (including self-employed) can get a 44% discount off of the regular fee of € 30.25 (with VAT).   Both of these discounts will be available for members signing up before October 10th.  The new warehouse will be opening October 1, 2015.

Villebon-sur-Yvette, France

It looks like after a four year struggle to get a location in France actually open, Costco might be a bit closer to making that happen.  This would be a completely new market for Costco and has brought out a fair bit of opposition from potential rivals.  Competitors have complained about everything from Costco entering what they deem to be an already overcrowded market and causing job loss, to the unattractive design of the warehouses.  Costco had approval from local authorities in 2013 to build a store in Bussy-Saint-Georges, a Paris suburb, but then the national agency that oversees commercial developments rejected it because of complaints.  Then in May 2014, Costco got approval for a 120,000 square foot store in Villebon-sur-Yvette, another Paris suburb, in a research park, but Carrefour and Auchan (the big competition in France) appealed the decision and that has pushed the opening back to at least Spring 2016.  Some believe that the regulatory tussle must be nearing an end, but, well, we’ve all seen the recent craziness around Uber in France.

Holiday Closures and Hours

Costco Korea:

  • Chuseok:
    • Saturday, September 26, CLOSED after 7 pm;
    • Sunday, September 27, all locations CLOSED for Chuseok;
    • Monday, September 28, normal business hours resume.




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