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June 2012

Costco is better than Sam's Club

By Mike Thayer

My wife and I have been members of Sam's Club for more than eight years, we won't be renewing our membership when it comes up for renewal this fall.

Why not?  Because Costco is just that much better.  The wife and I checked out the new Coralville store last night and were thoroughly impressed.  They offer more product choices than the Cedar Rapids Sam's Club and broader selection.  The membership service is superior at Costco and then there's, location, location, location.   No more driving up to Cedar Rapids.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that Sam's Club is bad, not at all.  Their prices made the trip to Cedar Rapids worth it.  We would save nearly $1 on a gallon of milk (and when you're raising three boys that becomes BIG savings); the produce is always high quality; and in a nutshell, a shopper pays less for just about everything vs. a typical HyVee or Fareway on groceries, from eggs to cereal, to Kleenex.

But like I said, Costco is just that much better than Sam's and the location is a big plus.  

The Coralville Costco is HUGE.  The facility has indoor parking, which will be fantastic when it's raining and even better during the winter.   After enjoying the vast product selection and filling up our cart, here's what really sets Costco apart from Sam's Club - the checkout.  Two people - not just one - perform checkout duties, one person rings you up, another packs your cart, smartly and neatly placing items in easy to carry boxes.  After each customer is checked out, the counter gets wiped down.  The whole process is streamlined and efficient.  The lady packing our cart last night has been a Costco employee for over seven years and loves her job.

The product quality is there, the choices are plentiful, the prices are right and the service is top notch.  If you're not members of the Coralville Costco yet, you should check into it, it's more than worth it.


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