I visited Costco and BJ’s to compare the two wholesale membership stores.
BJ’s is smaller and sells more name brand items.
Costco is the better choice thanks to reasonable prices, a superior food court, and clean store design.
Inflation and rising grocery bills are pushing more shoppers to membership clubs for bulk savings.Costco.
I’m a Costco member, so I visited BJ’s to see how the two chains compare.Shoppers leave a BJ’s store in Alexandria, Virginia
Both stores operate on the same premise: Customers purchase annual memberships that give them access to bulk goods at prices lower than most other grocery stores, plus a discount on gas and other items.Costco storefront in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
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Costco has over 500 stores across the US, while BJ’s has about half as many, located on the East Coast.
Costco’s Gold Star membership is $60 a year, and the Executive Level is $120 per year. BJ’s prices are just barely less expensive at $55 for the lower level and $110 for the higher tier.
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Costco has far higher sales than other membership clubs, reporting $192 billion in the 2021 fiscal year.Shopping carts at Costco in Fairfax, Virginia
BJ’s is a smaller player, with $16.3 billion in sales in 2021, though that still made it the company’s best year to date.
I visited both stores to see how they really compare.
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When you walk into Costco, a greeter checks to make sure you have your membership card, which is required to make purchases besides alcohol, at the food court, and a few other exceptions.
I entered the gigantic Costco warehouse and was immediately greeted by large electronic displays, with TVs stacked up high.
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