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Costco store holds grand opening

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 10:57 AM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 1:45 AM
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There were 200 people lined up to be the first to shop at Augusta’s new Costco on Alexander Drive as it opened its doors Wednesday morning.

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Costco members walk through the new wholesale store off River Watch Parkway.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Costco members walk through the new wholesale store off River Watch Parkway.

“This is the best thing that’s hit Augusta in 20 years,” said Basyl Prokosa, who was shopping with his daughter, Natasha McVicker.

Prokosa lives in North Augusta and said the store’s location is one of its best features. He and McVicker, who lives in Columbia County, left their homes at about the same time and made the trip in virtually the same amount of time.

“It’s Augusta, all we have to do is shop,” McVicker said with a laugh.

Prokosa, who has been to Costco stores in other cities, said he expects other stores to take a hit from Costco’s opening.

“Since Costco is here, Sams (Club) will rarely see me,” he said. “They’re more customer oriented and the layout is much better.”

Costco has increased membership fees across the country from $50 to $55, but southeast regional marketing director Kelly Frasure said the Augusta store’s fee is staying at $50 for the next few weeks in honor of the grand opening.

“That’s not happening anywhere else,” Frasure said.

Bringing a Costco to Augusta has been in talks since 2007, but construction finally began in June, as the anchor tenant at the 100-acre Village at Riverwatch. The store hired nearly 200 people and is expected to generate $135 million a year in sales.

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madgerman
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madgerman 11/16/11 - 12:25 pm
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I really don't know why I
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I really don't know why I would want to drive 35-40 miles roundtrip and pay 50 bucks, to shop in a store with cardbosrd box shelves. Just the trip alone cost about 20 bucks conssidering wear and tear on the auto, gas and oil. In the wrong pocation for my money and the chinese products are the same as any other big box store.

JohnBoy53
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JohnBoy53 11/16/11 - 12:32 pm
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I was excited about having a

I was excited about having a Costco come to town. Before they started building, I already had purchased a Sams premium membership. Hard to justify paying for a membership in another club at this time. Sams will be hurt by this new arrival and if Costco really wants to go for the jugular, they should offer a big membership discount to existing Sams members.

DogLover
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DogLover 11/16/11 - 01:10 pm
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Sams Club and Costo sell

Sams Club and Costo sell different items, so they are nothing alike. Some people may prefer one over the other, but I don't think there's a chance that one will put the other out of business. I know many people with memberships to both. It depends on what you need and use.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/16/11 - 01:18 pm
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DogLover, I'm not sure I

DogLover, I'm not sure I agree with that. They both sell things that are fairly similar. Groceries for instance. I guarantee you my past few trips to Sams for groceries would have been the same at Costco's. I bought a new computer at Sams a couple of months ago and possibly Costco's would have different ones.

They have a few other items, but not that much. Having said that, I live pretty close to both and like these kind of stores and I'll have a membership in both....at least until the novelty wears off and I decide which I like more.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 11/16/11 - 01:24 pm
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The remodel @ Sams is not

The remodel @ Sams is not good (IMHO) and parking is horrendous. Therefore, I'm going to try Costco. Hopefully, they won't have 24 check out lines and 4 open....the good old Walton way of doing business both at SAMs and Walmart.

JohnBoy53
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JohnBoy53 11/16/11 - 01:40 pm
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@Cynical, The remodel itself

@Cynical, The remodel itself improved the store 10 fold. But I do agree with you about the parking. Terrible! And as is the American cost-cutting way, there are never enough cashiers, especially at Walmart.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/16/11 - 03:44 pm
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yeah went there and low and
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yeah went there and low and behold walmarts cheaper yay china

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/16/11 - 03:45 pm
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by the way a lady came in
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by the way a lady came in selling memberships for 40 dollars before this place was open please tell me you fools didint pay more than that....oops i bet you did

formerlhs
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formerlhs 11/16/11 - 03:50 pm
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Why do I want to pay $50 to

Why do I want to pay $50 to see if it is any better than Sams.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/11 - 03:51 pm
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I agree JohnBoy, the remodel

I agree JohnBoy, the remodel made Sams much better. What's even better is that we are getting a Sams in Aiken about 3 miles from where we live. Yeah!! Brand new Walmart is only 1 mile away.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/11 - 03:54 pm
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madgerman, we don't make a

madgerman, we don't make a special trip to Sams just to shop. We go by there when we are already in Augusta or passing through. It has been a real money saver for us. I just wish it had been open when I was feeding two athletic teenaged boys!

greygranny
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greygranny 11/16/11 - 04:01 pm
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I won't go to Sam's because

I won't go to Sam's because they treat their customers like thieves and criminals by checking everything you buy. That is offensive to me. (well, at least they used to--I have not been in about 10 years)--but that is what drove me away---same thing with Wal-mart (at some locations-not all). I f I am treated better at COSTCO then I may consider paying them for the privelige of shopping there.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/16/11 - 04:02 pm
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I will join Costco after the

I will join Costco after the initial traffic slows down a bit, which will probably be after the holidays. When my Sam's membership comes up for renewal next summer, I don't plan to renew it. From everything I know about Costco, I feel pretty sure that I'll prefer it. I can't justify keeping both.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/11 - 04:32 pm
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I fully understand why they

I fully understand why they check the carts as you leave the store and it doesn't bother me at all. We've all heard of shoplifters and checkout clerks who work with friends to steal from stores. If it helps to keep the prices lower, I'm all for it.

chaslaw
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chaslaw 11/16/11 - 05:23 pm
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I'm so excitd I can hardly

I'm so excitd I can hardly tyyp. type. I thought I was happy before, but I was wrong.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/16/11 - 05:32 pm
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SO MUCH FOR THE BUY AMERICAN
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SO MUCH FOR THE BUY AMERICAN THING HUH

JohnBoy53
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JohnBoy53 11/16/11 - 05:54 pm
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Check everything in your

Check everything in your cart?? For me, they eyeball my cart quickly and draw a Sharpie line on my receipt and I'm outta there!! Total time? 10 seconds.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/11 - 06:22 pm
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Right, JohnBoy. There are a

Right, JohnBoy. There are a heck of a lot more important issues to resent, particularly those our government is perpetrating, than a cursory glance at the cart.

chaslaw
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chaslaw 11/16/11 - 07:29 pm
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No comment.

No comment.

lsmith
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lsmith 11/16/11 - 09:16 pm
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After having an extended stay
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After having an extended stay in Atlanta earlier this year I purchased a membership at Costco and have been shopping there ever since. I dropped my sams club membership when it was supposed to renew. Both clubs have simularities but I think most will find costco far and away a better shopping experience. They have some higher quality items, and an unbeliveable meat department.
One of the things I really got peeved at Sams club for was their path to becoming not much more than a competition for kroger, publix etc. They used to carry commodities in commercial quanity with a great purchasing value. Now they package small and are no different than the grocery store, other than most times you CAN purchase things cheaper at the regular store with only minimal price shopping. You definately have to take your calculator with you because many items are not a bargain at all. You know, what a business....get to charge people $50 for the privelige of shopping there. Can you imagine how CSRA residents have been members at Sams all these years paying millions in membership fees. I tell ya, banks ain't got anything on these guys.....

countyman
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countyman 11/17/11 - 12:14 am
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This is the first Costco to

This is the first Costco to open outside of metro Atlanta here in Georgia.. I'm sure even some of the residents living in/around Columbia will drive to the VAR.. The capital of South Carolina doesn't have an Apple, Sephora, PF Changs, etc, but they're getting Whole Foods..

I'm expecting several additional restaurants and retailers who are new to the Augusta market.. Possibly California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, H&M, J Crew, Container Store, Chipotle, Ruth's Chris, World Market, Trader Joes, REI, Whole Foods, etc.. Dave & Busters, Cheesecake Factory, and Container Store will be harder to attract due to having a metro population around 600k...

Sandandsea
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Sandandsea 11/17/11 - 02:04 am
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I prefer Costco over Sam's

I prefer Costco over Sam's because they provide better wages and benefits to their employees.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/17/11 - 02:36 am
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Ruth's Chris? Not if they do

Ruth's Chris? Not if they do their homework. REI? Nada, at least on the scope of the big city stores.

countyman
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countyman 11/17/11 - 02:55 am
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Huntsville, Mobile,

Huntsville, Mobile, Greenville, Savannah, Columbia, and Charleston have a Ruth's Chris... REI is coming to Greenville in the near future and Augusta can definitely support one...

jyoung1778
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jyoung1778 11/17/11 - 08:32 am
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costco is nice but a lot of

costco is nice but a lot of the prices can be cheaper at sams

jyoung1778
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jyoung1778 11/17/11 - 08:40 am
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sams on the internet you can

sams on the internet you can see what products they have in the store with store prices . But if you go to costco .com you can only see the internet products . i like to know what the prices and products a store carries

jyoung1778
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jyoung1778 11/17/11 - 08:44 am
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why is it that the costco

why is it that the costco .com shows products that u can order online and on SAMS online you can see and check prices of the prices in sams store u shop also if they r in stock at the store

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/17/11 - 08:57 am
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We have both near us...I like

We have both near us...I like Sams right now.......& I'm ok with the checking of the buggy when I leave...just like ksl said ...with the shoplifters & crime in todays world...this keeps the prices lower.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 11/17/11 - 12:01 pm
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Right on, "Cynical!"
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Right on, "Cynical!"

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