Costco memberships will be available starting Friday

Costco opens in Augusta on Nov. 16, but customers will be able to purchase memberships as early as Friday, according to the company.

The Alexander Drive entrance to the wholesale store will be open starting Friday, and customers can drive up to the Tire Center and purchase memberships starting at $50 a year.

Customers that join before January 2012 will receive a Costco cash card. Executive members will receive a $20 cash card, and gold star members will receive a $10 card.

To become a Costco member, either sign up in person at the Alexander Drive store or go to

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