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Victor E Sasson:
Costco Wholesale members who live in Hackensack are doubly blessed with access to 2 Costco warehouses, not just one.

The Costco Wholesale warehouse in Hackensack -- which dated to the early 1990s -- closed in October 2015 and a new, far bigger Costco Wholesale opened the next day a few miles away in the Teterboro Landing shopping center near the busy business airport.

Then in March 2016, the original warehouse reopened, but this time as a Costco Business Center, which caters to small and big businesses, but which is also open to any Costco member and stocks about 30% of the items sold in Teterboro. Today, there are only 24 Costco Business Centers in the United States and the one in Hackensack is the only one in the Northeast. The next closest one appears to be in Bedford Park, Ill.

Costco is a membership warehouse and the basic one costs $60; Executive Members pay $120 a year. Your membership fee is refunded each year in cash back from using the no-fee Costco Visa credit card: You get 4% back at the Costco gas station in Teterboro, where a gallon of gas is 15 cents to 20 cents less than elsewhere, as well as at any other gas station, 3% back from restaurants, and rebates for Costco Travel purchases and on whatever you buy in the warehouse.

And only Costco members can take advantage of sale items every month (the discount is taken at the register). As a non-member, you can accompany a member into the warehouse and buy items, but cash isn't accepted.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to shortages at both Costcos and price hikes, but the trend toward more organic items continued.

Kirkland Signature is Costco's house label and you will usually find it on items that are superior to and selling for less than competing national brands, as well as on many organic items and wild-caught seafood. One glaring exception is the $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken sold in Teterboro. Read:

The Business Center in Hackensack is far less busy than the bigger Teterboro warehouse, opens earlier and closes earlier, too. The Teterboro warehouse has been opening at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during and after the Covid-19 pandemic to accommodate members 60 years old and older, as well as health care workers and first responders, but that will end starting the week of April 18, 2022, when the normal starting time of 10 a.m. will return.

Victor E Sasson:
Special hours for seniors at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro

The Costco warehouse in Teterboro eliminated early hours for members 60 years old and older on Tuesday and Thursdays during the week of April 18, 2022, rolling back the opening time to 10 a.m. from 9 a.m.
The crowds are noticeably bigger than before and checkout lanes are unusually busy during the first hour.

My wife shopped there this morning and reported Costco members formed 2 lines to await the 10 a.m. opening -- one in the direction of the tire shop -- until an employee instructed them to join the single line. We've been shopping there on Tuesdays and Thursday to avoid these frenetic Mondays.

I've seen no lines on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m. And even if you have a full basket, employees are on hand to help you through a self-checkout lane -- the fastest way to get out of there and head for the exit./size]


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