Costco’s Wholesale store opened up at 8 a.m. for the long-anticipated debut by the residents of the Rego Park/Forest Hills area. The grand opening began with a small commencement speech welcoming everyone to the new branch, appreciating the great staff, and, of course, encouraging the hopefully soon-to-be loyal customers to shop till they drop!
“Costco is extremely excited to open our second location serving the Queens borough of N.Y.C.,” said Warehouse Manager Adam Self. “Rego Park has long been considered the most popular shopping destination in Queens. We are happy to bring an extension to that dynamic and exciting shopping experience by providing the community with high-quality, great-priced merchandise, from electronics to fresh foods.”
The new branch will provide the usual features of Costco, including fresh meat and produce, name-brand merchandise, an optical department, hearing aid center, pharmacy, and travel services. Since the Rego Park/Forest Hills area has a large Jewish population, Costco will also be introducing a large line of selected Kosher goods, an idea that thrived in their Lawrence branch for similar reasons.
Not too long ago, a Walmart wanted to set up shop in the same spot as Costco’s new location, but the store’s plea to open a branch was rejected. When Warehouse Manager Adam Self was asked if the initial response to the new Costco was similar, he responded, “Actually, the response was very favorable.”
“Unlike Walmart, we sell about 3,500 different skews where as they sell about 50,000 skews, and we sell in large volumes,” he continued. “Our intention is not to crush any of the surrounding stores and bodegas, but to aid them in terms of selling them what they need at reasonable values so that they may prosper as well.”