From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Augusta on TV in Costco show

If you can tear yourself away from American Idol Thursday, CNBC is finally airing the documentary on Costco that was partially taped in Augusta.


CNBC sent a “rough cut copy” of the special for the media to view. So I did.


Augusta takes a prominent position in the documentary. It is the first thing out of the chute, filmed when the new store opened on Alexander Drive in October.


Then it switches to other Costco stores, and it becomes hard to tell which store you’re in. So, if you were there when the store in Augusta opened and think you might be on national TV, you’ll likely have to watch the first 20 minutes to see if you are.


The documentary then takes off to the founder, toy selection, wine country and toilet paper – you never see Augusta again.


The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant is scheduled to air Thursday at 9 p.m. According to the news release about the documentary, it will air a second time at 10 p.m., right after the first showing.


Costco as a business does things opposite of most retailers: slim markup, limited choice, never advertises. But it is the world’s biggest membership warehouse chain. The documentary will explain the science behind the madness.


Plus, the lady who measures toilet paper in a computer lab is funny TV.


NEW OFFICE: The Consumer Credit Counseling Service has moved from midtown to west Augusta. It will have a grand relocation event on May 17 at 1226 Augusta West Parkway.

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