Costco Wholesale Opens December 9th; So what’s the big deal?

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News of the opening of Costco Wholesale on December 9th caused waves of excitement crashing across the Space Coast.

It was foreseeable for a long time. The Let’s Bring Costco to Brevard County Facebook page dates back to February 2014, with nearly 2,000 members eager to step into the 148,000 square foot store just off Interstate 95’s Pineda Causeway exit.

My sister in Texas loves Costco. That’s where she does most of the shopping. So is my husband’s golf buddy who says he will now hit Costco’s Kirkland signature golf balls when they play.

According to Costco Connection, a lifestyle magazine mailed to Costco executives and business people, “To qualify as a Kirkland Signature Product, a potential item must be equal or better than its leading national brand counterpart in terms of quality must represent a significant saving for Costco members. “

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The new 148,000 square meter Costco warehouse in the Pineda Causeway extension, west of 1-95 in Viera, opens on December 9th.

The Kirkland Signature label can be found in products ranging from wine and spirits to wrapping paper and shampoo.

But here’s a confession: I’ve never been to a Costco. I like to shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Palm Bay and Merritt Island or Sam’s Club in Cocoa or Melbourne.

What’s the big thing about Costco?

Apparently a lot, according to the members of our Facebook group 321 Flavor: Where Brevard Eats. I asked her to share her favorite Costco items and the response was quick with nearly 250 replies.

Here is a selection of what they had to say:

Amy Young-Baylock: “Rotisserie chickens, any of their bakery muffins, dark chocolate coconut almonds, their ridiculously huge pumpkin pie, and their fresh seafood.”

Suzy Merced: “I hope they are still selling Trident wild-caught salmon burgers.

Hector R. Lizardi: “I’ve always bought the frozen mahi and salmon bags from the wild. They are individually vacuum-sealed and reasonably priced. Kirkland products are very good too.”

Heather Snyder: “We love: the rotisserie chicken (both quality and amount of meat per dollar spent), Kirkland’s Prosecco brand (or really any of their wines!), The greater range of organic produce and meat compared to theirs Competitors, the bouquets, the selection and the price of the electronics, the jewelry, the restaurant vouchers, the sheet cakes, the baguettes, the fruity frozen yogurt sundae from the food court, the coffee, all paper goods, Kirkland brand beauty products (shampoo), soap , Makeup remover, etc.). I know you said ‘eat’ but I just couldn’t help it. “

Kayla Armstrong: “Beef, seafood (especially when there is the special seafood person on the weekend where you can buy it by the pound), gas, SAMPLES, all organic options, clothing, pre-made options to warm up and serve like chicken noodle soup and Korean barbecue, on top of that Hot dog and pizza from the café. … I forgot the cake! “

Julie Mackie: “The bakery is the best! Pumpkin pie, bread, cake, cheesecake and muffins. I can’t wait for this new store to open! I’ve written to the company for six years to open one here. The rental car advantage is too great … cheaper and second driver free. I buy the seafood that is wild caught. “

Kathye Tanner: “I only buy my flank steak and rack of lamb there, they are of the best quality and the best price. Seasonal offers such as halibut and sockeye salmon are excellent. The fried chickens alone are a reason to stop by.”

George Ronald Beaven: “Their $ 4.99 fried chickens are … the best. It will change the prices of fried chicken in other stores in the area. Their hot dogs blew the competition in recent Washington Post reviews. Their wine selection is good and their prices are right … I also love their top notch Kirkland branded mixed nuts. Kirkland’s frozen lasagna is really good. My grandchildren love them. I’m also a big fan of their street tacos and their bowl of cocktail shrimp. Also great meat, baked goods, cheese, seafood. … I’m not crazy about their products. Some things, like bananas, don’t seem the best quality and the large quantities you have to buy cause spoilage. “

Karina Vega: “I hope they have the food court outside. I miss their pizza. “

Like me, not everyone here knows Costco. 321 Flavor member Karen Montes said she has never stepped into one, although she is considering purchasing a membership for herself, plus additional memberships as Christmas gifts.

“I’ve never been to one,” wrote Scott Kingston. “I’m looking forward to seeing it, I just don’t know when the madness will stop, allowing me to. I hate crowds and refuse to stand in long lines for anything. “

The Viera Costco Wholesale Store will open on December 9th, starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The warehouse will have a gas station, a food court and 3,800 to 4,000 different products.

The special departments include a bakery, a pharmacy, a delicatessen and tire center as well as meat, products, optics, hearing aids, beer, wine and spirits.

Costco memberships are available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 8530 N. Wickham Road, Suite 100, Melbourne. This retail strip is on the northeast corner of the Viera roundabout.

Suzy Fleming Leonard is an experienced features journalist. You can reach them by email at [email protected] Or you can find her on Facebook: @SuzyFlemingLeonard or on Instagram: @SuzyLeonard

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