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Old 06-25-2018, 02:52 PM
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This rumor has gone around for the last XX years and always comes from "someone who works at Costco or knows someone who knows someone, said"......unless we see it announced formally, I'd say keep on hoping. Maybe they'll come, maybe they won't.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:54 PM
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Sams club is Walmart with better meat.
Wholesale Clubs tend to cater to small businesses that buy in the bulk. When there are only two (one sometimes) in a household they pass on a number of items because they can’t use the items in bulk. Because of the area growth there are a number of small businesses in and near The Villages. That said, Costco if they come to the Villages area, will likely do well.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:00 PM
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My wife and I just got back from an Alaskan cruise and land tour and were surprised that both Juneau (1 location) and Anchorage (2 locations) have Costcos when both of them have populations smaller than The Villages, even in the summer months. I'm also sure that the average household income in both cities is well below that of The Villages. That said, I've heard that Sam's Club here has an issue with The Villages in that Villages tend not to buy much in the way of their larger ticket items. Maybe it really isn't that profitable for warehouse clubs to operate here. Given Costcos record of success, I imagine they have good enough reasons for not coming here, at least not yet.
In Alaska 50% of items bought there is by the pallet, or case. Dog food, booties for dogs, items for hunting and fishing. Many only come to town couple times a year. Our oldest lived in anchorage for 8 years. Then to UK for 8 years. He found it interesting when they moved back to St Paul that items were bought individually in Sams and Costco.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:01 PM
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:11 PM
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I will go back at my first opportunity and tell that manager that I found out he was lying, and will never believe anything anybody from Costco ever tells me again.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:31 PM
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In Alaska 50% of items bought there is by the pallet, or case. Dog food, booties for dogs, items for hunting and fishing. Many only come to town couple times a year. Our oldest lived in anchorage for 8 years. Then to UK for 8 years. He found it interesting when they moved back to St Paul that items were bought individually in Sams and Costco.
That's interesting and makes sense. One of the guides we had also said that the Juneau Costco was the smallest in their chain. So less selection and true bulk buying-only. I'm less jealous now!
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:24 PM
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Hey, don't shoot the messenger! We were at Costco this morning and had to talk to the manager about a return (2 bottles of single malt scotch blew their corks and emptied in our car). We told him we were from The Villages, and, we, along with a bunch of other people, wanted a Costco here. He said that they had looked at land here, and it's in the plans. He can't say when, but it's coming. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've also read on Facebook that someone else had heard the same thing. By the way, he replaced the 2 bottles for free. That's customer service!
As far as Costco not investing in seasonal population areas, I'm not sure that is true. Fort Myers, a sprawling seasonal area, has had a Costco for 20 years and it does so much business that they built a
second store there (only 6 or 7 miles away) about 6 years ago. Both are jammed with customers in season and do a decent business the rest of the year. I say regarding Costco the classic movie line applies,
"if you build it, they will come."
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:48 PM
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I live in currently live in Anchorage. While the city population is ~250,000, this Costco also serves the outlying areas (add another 250,000) and some from the bush ship stuff out by plane. They do a lot of durables (furniture, TVs, appliances, etc.) and non-durable sales (food and clothes) - I guess some people think you can never have enough blue tarps!!. In fact, my beautiful bride only allows me to shop there on Fridays because I don't do well in crowded stores (LOL)... but they also sell beer, wine and other distilled spirits .
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:54 PM
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I live in currently live in Anchorage. While the city population is ~250,000, this Costco also serves the outlying areas (add another 250,000) and some from the bush ship stuff out by plane. They do a lot of durables (furniture, TVs, appliances, etc.) and non-durable sales (food and clothes) - I guess some people think you can never have enough blue tarps!!. In fact, my beautiful bride only allows me to shop there on Fridays because I don't do well in crowded stores (LOL)... but they also sell beer, wine and other distilled spirits .
You look so pale in your avatar.
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:08 PM
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Ain’t that the truth! ... actually I have a bit more of a tan (even from Alaska) than the avatar. We are getting more than 19 hours of sunlight right now - just about maxed out! That means... for the next 6 months we will be loosing dailight. .... I like to think of my glass being half full - So... we are just starting Summer! Yea!
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