Costco to ban non-members from food court

Marco Green
February 25, 2020

That's because starting in March, the warehouse chain will require visitors to have an active membership to make food court purchases, according to a Costco spokesperson.

The membership club's food court offers classic American dishes, such as hot dogs, pizzas, and sandwiches, for affordable prices.

Local San Diego outlet 10News verified that a Mountain View, Calif., Costco had put up a sign informing customers that they will soon be required to have memberships for food court purchases.

Costco shoppers listen up, there's a trick that will let you skip the food court line and get your food in your hands shortly after you check out of the warehouse.

Store representatives noted they had not heard of any non-members ban coming to Canadian locations. However, a couple of people who claim to be Costco employees have commented on the post saying the announcement is true and that the new rule will take effect on March 16.

But outrage over the company's decision to bar non-members from its USA food courts has sparked heated debate on social media.

It costs about $60 a year for basic membership. They may register only for food, "said one buyer. Not everyone can afford the membership fee, but knowing there is a meal available for $1.50 can be a "lifesaver" for someone", commented another.

Signs have been spotted at various Costco locations around the country, announcing the new rule. The Instagram account, Costcodeals, has confirmed that this is indeed going to be a thing. Signs have been spotted at multiple Costcos across the USA saying, "Effective March 16, 2020, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court".

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