Costco Food Court to Require Store Membership Card to Purchase Food

The Costco food court is getting a little bit more exclusive this year. According to multiple reports, the big box store is looking to require guests to show an active Costco membership card before chowing down on a $1 churro or a hot dog and soda combo for only $1.50.

@CostcoDeals, an Instagrammer that shares deals from the warehouse store first stumbled upon a sign posted at her Local Costco food court stating, "Effective March 16, 2020, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court. You can join today. Please see our membership counter for details." After reaching out, Costco confirmed that the change will be happening at multiple Costco locations across the United States. The store has always required a membership to visit the food court but until now, it has not enforced it.

To me, it makes complete sense. In most locations the food court is located inside the store, making it impossible to enter without a membership card. You can't get gas at a Costco pump without a card, so a business move to require a card for a slice of pizza doesn't seem that outrageous. Will it push people to purchase Costco Wholesale membership cards? That's a different story.

The Costco Food Court Menu

So you have a membership card. What can you get at Costco's food court? With the most expensive item being a whole pizza ($9.95 for an 18" pie with the choice of pepperoni, cheese, or combo), the food court features delicious menu items at fast food prices. The most popular items include the chicken bake (a chicken hot pocket), the famous Kirkland Signature all-beef hot dog and soda combo, the chicken caesar salad topped with caesar dressing, and my personal favorite, the very berry sundae.

Is it worth the price of the membership for these low prices? That's for you to decide.

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