Costco Food Court Requires Membership Now, At Least In Theory
The pandemic has changed so much. Places still remained shuttered, maybe never to reopen. One place that has been chugging along the entire time is Costco though. People have been flocking to their stores to stock up on…toilet paper, among other things. Costco made one change at the beginning of the pandemic that went a little under the radar. To be honest, I didn’t even know it was a thing before they announced the change. I guess it was a major plus for many people though. The change was that the Costco food court requires membership now in order to dine.
Taking Advantage of the Costco Food Court
Mmmmm, Costco hot dogs! I mean who doesn’t love Costco hot dogs? They are huge, full of flavor and like $2 with a drink. I love taking the kids there after school and having a quick bite for under $10. It is a filling meal without hitting the checkbook too hard. The deal was even better if you didn’t have to pay the $60 membership fee to have access to it.(I will say that I think the membership is worth it for most people)
I have already shared how to shop at Costco without a membership and how to get some of the cheapest gas around without one too. But this was a little perk that I was not aware of. I guess the Costco food court was treated more like a restaurant that everyone had access to.
Costco Food Court Requires Membership, Well Kind Of
Some Costco locations started posting signs around the food court that you now had to pay to play when it came to hot eats. The reality is that it doesn’t seem to be overly enforced. You are more likely to get stopped at the door without a card then you are to get carded at the food court.
Maybe that is where the line of defense is now. I suppose you used to be able to get past the front door if you said you were heading to the food court. I have never personally been asked for membership while ordering food at the food court. Many locations now have ordering kiosks which do not require your card to be scanned or anything to place an order.
Some states require Costco to allow people to purchase alcohol in the stores. If you were already there to make a purchase of alcohol then I bet you would be able to grab some eats on the way out without a membership.
For most people this change will not be a big deal but for the people that used the food court without a membership, it is a big blow. It was a quick and cheap meal at one of the many Costco locations. Many of us drive by one or two a day.
My membership ran out a few weeks ago but I normally wait for a net zero cost offer to sign up. If you want to gain access to those delicious hot dogs again that may be the way to go.