CNBC aired a documentary on Costco in April, 2012 and since then, I've wanted to visit a store. Today Eric and I are visiting a Costco in Augusta, Georgia.
Members purchase items
here at 15% above cost.
The store was mobbed.... I didn't take pictures of fellow shoppers.
Costco sells many of its
items in bulk.
The Wine Aisle
The Pharmacy is a
Costco sells everything.... This store has a Tire Center, sells food, cleaning products, jewelry, electronics, clothing. Stores have Optical and Hearing Aid Departments too. Members take advantage of discount prices on Kirkland Gas.
There's even more selection online... furniture, lighting, appliances, hardware. Costco has a Funeral Department with floral arrangements, urns and caskets.
Costco partners with home and auto insurance companies, life and health insurance companies and offers travel packages at discounted prices.
Business cardholders have access to services including bottled water delivery, bookkeeping programs, payroll services.
The company pays its employees well above minimum wage. I found the employees to be enthusiastic and hard working. The check out lines moved quickly, with an employee unloading the cart for the customer, and then refilling it while the customer paid the cashier.
Eric and I paid for a membership and have one year to take advantage of Costco's discounts. We will run the numbers and then make the decision to renew our membership for another year, or not.