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Description of Pictures: The new mask policy. And another toilet paper run.
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COSTBE_210601_01.JPG: Costco Wholesale
Face Mask Policy
In accordance with CDC guidance and state and local regulations, members and guests who are fully vaccinated* may enter Costco without a face mask or face shield.
Proof of vaccination is not required, except where required by law.
Face coverings will still be required in some close contact situations in healthcare settings, including Pharmacy, Optical, Hearing Aid.
* People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
COSTBE_210611_02.JPG: Like most other Costcos, they had resumed in-store dining but some of the signage was still behind. THe one on the drink dispenser says:
If you would like a refill
* See a FOOD COURT employee for a New Cup at No Charge
* Please Dispose of Your Used Cup
COSTBE_210611_03.JPG: Another sign that needed to be replaced now that in-store dining was back.
... We have temporarily limited our menu.
Take Out Only.
* Hot dog
* Whole Cheese Pizza
* Whole Pepperoni Pizza
[Oddly, they don't mention pizza slices. ]
COSTBE_210824_07.JPG: Toilet paper was totally wiped out for some reason.
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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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2021 photos: This year was filled with hope. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us but it was hoped that restoring sanity to the White House. the rapid vaccine role-out, and a government that finally cared would put things back to normal again. But the force was strong in the evil anti-vaxxer movement and the virus variants made quick use of that so we're still dealing with this crap. Plus the continued impact of the Trump putsch attempt... Sigh.
Trips this year:
after getting fully vaccinated, I made a trip down to Asheville, NC in May to visit my dad and his wife Dixie and returned again in early October,
in mid-July, I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.
Number of photos taken this year: about 283,000, slightly up from 2020 but still really low.