Some Costco Food Courts Likely to Reopen

Costco food court customers
Photo by Cassiohabib / Shutterstock.com

Good news for those who miss dining at the Costco food court: The popular service may return soon.

In an interview with CNN, Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, said he believes all food courts eventually will return to being fully open, but that “it’s going to take some time.” However, some locations may return more quickly than others.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck last year, Costco initially shut down its food courts. When the food courts reopened, they were not running at full capacity, with only a few takeout items available. Gradually, that menu expanded.

Unlike in the past, customers cannot sit and enjoy their food at Costco itself. That soon may change at Costco food courts that have outdoor seating areas.

Once the pandemic is more firmly in the nation’s rear-view mirror, Costco also expects to allow indoor dining again.

Costco’s food courts have something of a cult following, thanks especially to one particular menu item. As we have reported:

“When you’re done shopping, consider grabbing a meal or snack at the food court. You may be able to pay with change scrounged from your car — the classic hot dog and drink offering is just $1.50, and it’s held that price for decades.”

The bargain price of that hot dog appears to be sacrosanct. As Today reports, Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal once challenged current CEO W. Craig Jelinek when the latter suggested raising the price of the hot dog-and-soda combo.

As Jelinek recalled to 425 Business:

“I came to (Sinegal) once and I said, ‘Jim, we can’t sell this hot dog for a buck fifty. We are losing our rear ends.’ And he said, ‘If you raise (the price of the) effing hot dog, I will kill you. Figure it out.’ That’s all I really needed.”

For more on the warehouse club, check out “9 Reasons People Are Obsessed With Costco.”

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Most Popular
New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages
New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages

With bipartisan support, this bill could help millions of workers and retirees boost or conserve their retirement savings.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

This iconic dinnerware is prized for everyday use as well as reselling for profit.

3 Colors That Can Ruin Your Car’s Resale Value
3 Colors That Can Ruin Your Car’s Resale Value

Select the wrong color for your next car, and it could depreciate twice as fast as others.

20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling
20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling

You don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper to survive an outbreak, but consider stocking up on these items.

9 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire
9 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire

You’ve waited all your life for this moment. Make the most of your retirement.

Beware This Hidden Ingredient in Rotisserie Chicken
Beware This Hidden Ingredient in Rotisserie Chicken

Something foul may lurk in those delicious, ready-to-eat birds.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.