Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

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Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members
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For more than a decade the food court at Goleta's Costco was one of the best deals in town for inexpensive fast food, serving Costco shoppers, visiting students and locals alike.

Starting March 16 it shall be no more unless patrons are Costco membership holders. The minimum annual membership fee is $60.

The food court offers a large hot dog and soda for $1.50, large pizza for $9.95, and more. 

 

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JB86 Mar 03, 2020 05:46 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

I can see where paying a membership fee wouldn't be worth it to many people, it depends on your total shopping needs. We are just a couple, but save a good deal on staples, from TP and paper towels, to meat, fish, condiments and frozen foods. Using the Citibank/COSTCO card returns significant rebates, as you can use it anyplace, and if you travel or eat out, you get good rewards. This year we got 3X our executive membership fee back; at a $60 standard membership it would be three times that. So, it depends on one's total shopping needs and preferences. It helps if one has a deep freezer and likes to prepare large batches of meals at once!.
I too miss the polish dog!

a-1583286265 Mar 03, 2020 05:44 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

I hope they build a wall to make it be indoors. Less waiting in long lines for members, less germs near the soda fountains. Good, good , good.

alorsenfants Mar 03, 2020 02:21 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Kind of agree with you -- if they had a skin-on frank with the snap and pop, they'd have an even brighter future? But as a single guy with a small apartment and no need for Costco, I'm not about to pay $7.50 to get a hot dog there once a month. So Dave's it is --

a-1583263453 Mar 03, 2020 11:24 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

ALORESENFANTS - yeah, but only if they use bigger dogs and softer buns. I've tried Dave's many times hoping for something great, but always disappointed with the dogs. Everything else there is awesome, but dogs need more meat and better buns.

PitMix Mar 03, 2020 10:23 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Food waste is said to have gone up by a lot once these bulk stores became popular. No one can eat a gallon of mayo before it goes bad. Most of the Costco profit comes from the membership fees so let's see if this encourages more people to buy them.

PitMix Mar 03, 2020 01:17 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Money dot com has a long article about how CostCo basically breaks even on the goods they sell. At $60 per membership, they make $4.3B from that, which is 110% of their net income in 2019. It is an amazing business model.

a-1583256490 Mar 03, 2020 09:28 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

I would’ve preferred just charging more for nonmembers. Rarely do I need bulk items that are an especially good value at Costco.
Sure do appreciate that their employee wages are better than other big box stores.

a-1583254089 Mar 03, 2020 08:48 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

I see nothing wrong with this decision. Capitalism and Free Enterprise at work here, and I'm not sure paying members should be supporting non-members. It seems as though people that want a cheap meal and other bargain goods but who aren't willing to pay the annual fee to join Costco would quickly benefit in savings on other consumer items they could buy there. All thelocations that I have been to out of state have indoor food courts for members, although someone mentioned "some locations" allow you to purchase food if you are not, but just about everyone I've seen at those indoor courts are also standing in line with shopping baskets.

Concerned4Calif Mar 03, 2020 07:30 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Too bad they are making this decision because I am sure many workers in the area with limited resources can eat lunch at a reasonable price. Now they really only have McDonald's in walking distance. Lines will probably be shorter for members now.

CoastWatch Mar 03, 2020 08:55 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

@ concern----buy a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs,peanut butter, 5 apples... A grand total of about $9 that will feed you lunch for a week. Please....

a-1583250694 Mar 03, 2020 07:51 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Those with "limited resources" can do what was always done for lunch in the past - pack your own lunch. Pick what ever easy to prepare, low cost, healthy options you want. To claim there is only low cost McDonalds or Costco for lunch makes no sense. Generations of Americans packed their own lunches for both work and school.

d8vanilla Mar 02, 2020 11:54 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

You can have 2 people on one membership, and each person gets their own card. So, split the cost of the membership, and each person pays $30 a year. Then, you can take advantage of all their other good deals.
I like the See's Candy gift cards. And, I like the Croissants, bread, cat food, cat litter, bleach, vinegar, photo section - developing film, whip cream, frozen garlic bread slices, butter, baby diapers.

a-1583252994 Mar 03, 2020 08:29 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

@6:36am Some locations with the indoor food court would let you in if you told them you only wanted to go the food court (much like you can still go to the pharmacy or buy alcohol without a membership)

a-1583246171 Mar 03, 2020 06:36 AM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

The food court is inside the store in many other locations. SoCal outdoor food service to non-members is an unusual freebie.

midair Mar 02, 2020 04:54 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Not that I'm encouraging it, and I am a Costco member, but you can still easily get a soda by bringing your own cup. It's around the side with no one checking .

jak Mar 03, 2020 12:49 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Used to do this all the time when I worked for Costco, especially in their Ventura county locations. Thousand Oaks management didn’t like it (but never said “stop doing that”) but other VC locations were openly ok with it. That said, I would not have tried it as a non-employee.

a-1583213531 Mar 02, 2020 09:32 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

Along with the fact, that it's STEALING and it will weigh on your conscience for ages or at least until you get caught, which will happen. If somebody is doing that, they are also certainly stealing at work & many other places.

shorebird Mar 02, 2020 05:27 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

MIDAIR, Thanks for the reminder about the placement of the soda dispenser. I am reminded how easily it could be a site for infection because it is unmonitored and anyone could touch it with their fingers. No more Costco soda for me.

bosco Mar 02, 2020 02:12 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

The Costco where I grew up had the food court inside and you had to be a member. They're pretty open about selling their prepared food at a loss to get customers to the store. Seems like a good call to me. Love the 1.50 hot dog but I am still bitter about the polish sausage going away.

CoastWatch Mar 02, 2020 01:13 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

It's within their right and I support this decision. Even though membership is $60 a year, you will save that much buying 5 pizzas a year or 20 hot dogs or 18 smoothies, 40 rolls of kitchen paper towels....

a-1583195807 Mar 02, 2020 04:36 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

The Costco Food Court is a huge "loss leader" to get you to spend more time there either at the start or end of your Costco purchasing binge inside.

CoastWatch Mar 02, 2020 02:30 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

They don't really care if their fast food sales go down-they aren't making a lot of profit.... it's a marketing tool to get you into Costco.

PitMix Mar 02, 2020 01:26 PM
Costco to End Food Court for Non-Members

10 gals of mayo, 1 gal of mustard, 17 gals of vodka. As long as the pharmacy doesn't need membership I'm good. I bet their sales at the food court go way down.

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