Costco closed down the seating areas in the food courts when the epidemic spread to the US last March. It only returns menus for hot dogs and pizza for hotouts.
Costco’s chief financial officer Richard Gallanti expected a full comeback for the food courts: “God is ready. But it’s going to take some time,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.
The company does not break sales in food courts, but they are one of the perks that help shoppers fork out $ 60 or $ 120 for a Costco membership every year.
“Food courts work. They are one of the things we’re known for,” Gallanti said. “We are pleased that they are coming back.”
‘Known for that hot dog’
The Food Court Costco, anchored by the $ 1.50 hot dog-soda combo, has no gimmicks.
The company sold 151 million hot dogs last year and has not raised prices in more than three decades.
Costco places food courts inside shops near the entrances. In warm regions, like Arizona or Southern California, they are outside, near the front.
“We want to catch you out of the costco shopping experience or on the way. You satisfy the food court,” Gallanti told CNN Business in a 2018 interview.
Shopkeepers find shopkeepers to hang out at the food court. This extra time increases the likelihood that they will make an unplanned purchase after they are finished with their meal.
For Costco members who don’t want to spend money at the food court, there’s hope: Costco is also slowly bringing back food samples – another perk for members – to stores. It is connecting plexiglass stations at some stores where workers hand over finished items such as sandwiches, chips, cookies and crackers to customers at a time.
After this, Costco will bring back items cooked for samples such as breakfast sandwiches, noodle dishes and meatballs.