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Description of Pictures: Four weeks after the Covid-19 siege had begun. Unfortunately, high winds combined with lots of rain in the area had destroyed my favorite feature which was the sign announcing all of the stuff they were out of.
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COST_200413_03.JPG: Lines to get in. While there were no lines at all at 10am, they had formed and were wrapping around by about 10:45. John, one of the door guys, said that there were long lines every day but I've always come early enough to avoid them.
COST_200413_29.JPG: Returns will not be accepted on:
Thank you for your understanding.
COST_200413_33.JPG: We are currently allowing
no more than two people
to enter the warehouse on each membership.
This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
COST_200413_41.JPG: The protective plexiglass barriers between the customer and the cashier have become more formalized.
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Wikipedia Description: Costco
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Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the world based on sales volume, headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, United States, with its flagship warehouse in nearby Seattle. Costco's Canadian operations are based near Ottawa, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Founded by James Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman, Costco opened its first warehouse in Seattle, Washington on September 15, 1983. Sinegal had started in retailing by working for Sol Price at both FedMart and Price Club. Brotman, an attorney from an old Seattle retailing family, had also been involved in retailing from an early age.
In 1993, Costco merged with Price Club. Costco’s business model and size were similar to those of Price Club, which was founded by Sol and Robert Price in 1976 in San Diego, California. Thus, the combined company, PriceCostco, was effectively double the size of each of its parents. Just after the merger, PriceCostco had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales. PriceCostco was initially led by executives from both companies, but then Sol and his son Robert Price founded Price Enterprises and left in 1994.
In 1997, the company changed its name to Costco Wholesale.
The main competitor in the membership warehouse space is Sam's Club. Although Sam's Club has more warehouses than Costco, Costco has higher total sales volume. Costco employs about 132,000 full- and part-time employees, including seasonal workers, and for fiscal year 2006, ended on September 3, 2006, the company's store sales totaled $60.2 billion of which $1.1 billion was net profit. Costco is #32 on the Fortune 500.
As of June 7, 2007, Costco has 511 locations: ...
Costco focuses on selling products at low prices, often at very high volume. These goods are usually bulk-packaged and marketed primarily to large families and businesses. Furthermo ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.