Ah the big box store…America’s favorite pastime. The U.S. is obsessed with its large retailers; Target, Walmart and of course Costco. Costco has been a members only destination for decades but their might be a few things you didn’t know about the mega-retailer. Here are a few things that you may not know about Costco:
1. Costco Is the one of the country’s largest pizza chains
Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa Johns and all other pizza slingers have one thing in common; they don’t come near the volume that Costco does each year. Thats right, Costco moves the most pies in the USA bar-none. It’s really not that much of a surprise. Costco draws more people into their doors than any other US retailer and their pizzas are good and cheap. Thats a winning recipe any way you slice it.(pun intended)
2. You don’t need to be a member to buy booze
Not a member? No problem. Costco has to legally let you buy alcohol if you are over the age of 21; no membership needed. What’s the reasoning behind that rule? Most states prohibit the forming of alcohol “clubs” so they have to let over age customers into the store if you say you’re there to buy booze.
3.Costco is the largest importer of French Wines In America
I don’t know why this one surprised me. I guess i thought stores like Vons or Trader Joes might be the leaders but alas, the mega store has the lock on the French wines. The good news is that like we said earlier, you don’t need to be a member to buy wine at Costco so take advantage of their selection and pricing.
4. They sell more hot dogs than all the baseball stadiums in MLB…combined
At first i thought this just pertained to the hot dog isle inside the stores. Nope. Costcos ripping deal of $1.50 for a coke and a dog(a price that hasn’t changed in 30 years) turns over more processed meat sticks than any other retailer in the world.
5. Costco sells 60 million rotisserie chickens each year
Thats right. The mega retailer sells more yardbird than you can shake a stick at and the price has remained the same for decades at $4.99, even though the price of chicken has jumped up significantly over the years. Even though their profit margins are slim-to-none on the birds, they keep them that price because they know it gets many customers through the doors each day.