Since its origins operating out of an airplane hangar in San Diego in 1976, Costco has become a leader in the global warehouse club industry. The company’s first location, called Price Club, pioneered the warehouse shopping club industry by inviting only small businesses and few non-business members to shop for bulk products. The first official Costco opened in 1983 and grew rapidly, earning $3 billion in sales in the first six years. The shopping club’s popularity continues to grow—today they exist in eleven countries and have 87 million members.
That’s because Costco’s philosophy has always been to “keep costs down and pass the savings on” to its members. Whether you’re a business owner or you run a household, when you become a Costco member, you’ll score deep discounts on everything from bulk products and luxury goods to travel experiences. Costco members enjoy reduced prices on brand-name electronics, appliances, bulk groceries, home décor, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, and office supplies, and in countless other merchandise categories. While they shop, members can also take care of business at the on-site pharmacy, optician, photo center, travel agent, or business management service center.
The shopping club offers three membership levels: Executive, Business, and Gold Star. No matter which you choose, you can take advantage of Costco’s 100% satisfaction guarantee, which applies to both memberships and merchandise.
To learn more about becoming a Costco member, stop by the shopping club nearest you, or browse membership perks online.