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10 Costco Food Court Secrets Only Employees Know About

Costco sales are strong and the company’s
stock prices are soaring. This successful retail giant was founded 42 years ago and
today, there are 770 retail outlets. The chain’s food courts are very popular. So let’s get
the inside scoop on 10 Costco food court secrets only employees know about. A Pound Of Cheese per Pizza Cheese lovers should know that each full cheese
pizza from Costco contains over a pound of cheese. The cheese blend used on Costco food
court pizzas is a combination of part-skim, low-fat mozzarella and Parmesan. Mozzarella
makes up 80 percent of the cheese blend, while Parmesan makes up 20 percent. While the cheese
content is high, you’ll be pleased to know that food court pizzas from Costco don’t contain
hydrogenated oils, lard or trans fats. Also, you’ll be happy to know that Costco utilizes
genuine cheeses that are fresh. They don’t use processed or powdered cheeses. The pizza-making
process at Costco is very organized and consistent. Cheese, toppings and sauce are carefully measured,
so that pizzas taste the same every time. Part of the pizza-making process is automated.
For example, a robotic machine adds sauce to each pizza while the pizza pie spins around
on a platform, sort of like an album turning on a record player. Costco has worked out
an efficient system for producing these addictive and ultra-cheesy pizzas. Each pizza is prepped
for cooking in only sixty seconds. The pizzas are fully-cooked in just 6 minutes. If you’re
into inhaling Costco pizza slices while you’re taking breaks from scoring deals at Costco
retail outlets, you’ll also appreciate the fact that Costco gets rid of unsold pizza
slices after one hour. Costco management wants customers to enjoy fresh slices every single
time. With all of this attention to detail, it’s no wonder Costco food court pizzas are
so popular. Costco is currently ranked as the fourteenth-largest pizza chain in America. The Food Court Isn’t Meant To Be A Money Maker Costco keeps food court prices very low because
they want their customers to enjoy the whole Costco experience…and keep coming back.
People love visiting Costco food courts during their Costco shopping trips, in part because
the food and drink offered is just so affordable. For example, each hearty and filling pizza
slice is priced at just $1.99. The food court isn’t meant to be a huge money-maker for Costco.
It’s meant to show customers that Costco cares about them. The cheap eats offered at Costco
food courts definitely create a lot of goodwill. Customers look forward to getting their budget-priced
hot dogs, pizza slices, chicken bakes and other Costco food court classics. Costco
food courts operate on the same principle as IKEA food courts. Food at both food courts
is reasonably-priced. Affordable food is provided in order to keep customers in the stores,
shopping away. Costco makes the bulk of its profits from in-store sales, just like IKEA
does. Mega-chain food courts have a lot of appeal, because they do offer superb deals
to customers. It’s safe to say that many people drop by these food courts, even when they
don’t plan on shopping. They come just for the food. Of course, they may decide to pick
up a few things while they’re there. Food courts like the Costco food court drive business.
They help to win and retain customer loyalty. The truth is that certain menu items at the
Costco food court, including hot dogs, actually cost Costco cold, hard cash. The company loses
money on hot dogs, but doesn’t mind, because customers who order hot dogs may buy lots
of stuff in the warehouse. This Costco Sandwich Has A Cult Following Pizza slices and hot dogs may be the first
things that people think of when they hear the words, “Costco Food Court”, but there
is another food court menu item that gets rave reviews, even though it’s not quite as
famous. This menu item is the BBQ Brisket Sandwich. It’s so beloved by a certain segment
of Costco fans that it’s earned a cult following. Many people believe it’s the most delectable
item on the Costco food court menu. It comes wrapped in a cardboard circle, it costs just
$4.99 and it offers superior taste for a budget price. While it’s technically the priciest
“individual serving” Costco food court menu item, it’s not really so costly, is it? It’s
a very substantial sandwich, which is filled with tender beef that’s flavored with a smoky-sweet
BBQ sauce. The sandwich also features a big, soft bun. Inside the bun, you’ll find beef
brisket that’s layered with coleslaw. The coleslaw adds a bit of zesty, fresh crunch. When
you gorge on this exceptional sandwich, you’re likely to make a mess, but it’ll be worth
it. A lot of people are astonished that they can get such a delicious sandwich at a budget
food court. This juicy and tender beef brisket sandwich is well worth a try. The quality
of the meat is great, the sauce is tasty and the coleslaw offers the perfect finishing
touch. Plus, this is a filling sandwich. It offers plenty of bang for the buck. Most Costco
food courts carry this menu item, but some may not. Hopefully, this popular sandwich
is offered at your local Costco food court. No Costco Membership Required If you visit a Costco with an outdoor food
court, you won’t need a membership to get your hands on cheap, filling and yummy Costco
grub. If the food court is inside, you probably will need a membership. The outdoor food courts
are there for all consumers, whether they have Costco memberships or not. Usually, Costco
retail outlets with outdoor food courts are located in places with warmer climates. Inside
of Costco, people are generally asked to provide proof of membership before enjoying all that
these retail outlets have to offer, including the indoor food courts. The cost of the most
basic membership at Costco is 60 bucks, so it doesn’t cost a fortune to join. If you
buy a membership, you’ll have no trouble getting your hands on Costco food court food and drink,
and you’ll also be able to score wholesale-priced deals on a ton of products, from groceries
to electronics and beyond. If you don’t feel like buying your own membership, you should
know that you may enter Costco as a member’s guest. However, the member will need to pay
for your purchases inside of the warehouse. It’s also possible to get in Costco with Costco
Cash Cards, but only members can buy these cards, so you’ll need to ask a member to purchase
a Costco Cash Card for you. Hot Dog Sales Are Through The Roof Costco serves about one hundred million food
court hot dogs each year. Costco actually started out serving nothing but hot dogs at
its retail outlets. There were hot dog carts onsite, rather than the larger food kiosks
that we see now. The whole hot dog cart thing was tested out in San Diego during the mid-80s
and it was a big hit with Costco customers. Costco keeps the price of their hot dogs low
to offer perks to members. Costco leaders want Costco’s members to feel special. Offering
cheap hot dogs helps customers to feel rewarded. Costco hot dogs are sold for $1.50 and come
with a 20-ounce soda. A free soda refill is available. Few would dispute that this is
a great deal. Even Costco employees appreciate the hot dog deal and many enjoy hot dog and
soda combos regularly. While some fast food menu items shrink in size over the years,
this isn’t the case with the hot dog deal. The hot dog is actually ten percent bigger
than it used to be. The drink is eight ounces bigger, too. Clearly, the powers-that-be
at Costco understand that hot dogs are a powerful marketing tool. They aren’t going to mess
with success by jacking up the price of their hot dog and soda combo. Maybe they’ll need
to raise the price of the combo someday, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon. Costco
is doing very well and can afford to lose some money on its hot dogs. No Costco Employee Discounts Most Costco employees love eating at Costco
food courts, but they don’t get employee discounts on hot dogs, pizza slices, and other Costco
food court fare. They have to pay full retail like everyone else. Of course, the food is
really affordable. Plenty of employees have commented on the fact that the food court
is a really convenient perk. It’s there for employees when they get hungry or thirsty.
The food is cheap and filling and easy to access. Sure, Costco employees would probably
love to get discounts on food court stuff, but most are grateful for the affordability
of the food, even though they have to pay full price. Employees do get other perks,
including four free memberships and extra pay on Sundays. Overall, Costco is considered
a great place to work, thanks to competitive benefits packages and access to an employee
stock purchase plan. So, which food court menu items do Costco employees love the most?
Well, the pizza slices are a huge hit with staff. The hot dog and soda deal is also really
popular. While some employees do get sick of the food sometimes, they tend to get less
sick of the pizza and hot dogs. The churros also get glowing accolades from Costco workers. Menu Items Vary From Nation To Nation In Canada, it’s possible to enjoy poutine
at Costco food courts. In case you don’t know, poutine is a pile of french fries topped with
cheese curds and gravy. Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds. Menus at Costco food courts
vary from nation to nation. There are Costco retail outlets in America, Canada, the UK,
Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Iceland, France, Spain and Australia. Menus change
from time to time, but expect to find lasagna at Mexican Costco food courts, mango smoothies
in Iceland, and shepherd’s pie in Wales. Some people have been to Costco food courts in
a range of countries and they love comparing the international menus to menus in their
own countries. Menus get adjusted to suit the tastes of residents of specific regions.
This doesn’t just happen at Costco food courts. It happens at McDonald’s, KFC, and a bunch
of other fast food restaurants. Costco food courts in other countries may not be radically
different from what you’re used to, but there will be small changes to the menus which are
interesting and novel. One fun fact is that a Costco membership will work in any country.
If you travel outside of your home country, just show a Costco clerk your card and explain
that it’s international. There will be a code that the clerk enters that makes your card
valid in that country. You will have no problem sampling international food court items, no
matter where you roam, as long as you have a Costco membership. Some Costco Menu Items Aren’t Too Healthy Most of us don’t expect huge, cheesy slices
of pizza or hot dogs to be super-healthy. When we order fast food, we realize that we’re
indulging in food that tends to come with a lot of calories, fat grams and sodium. So,
it’s shouldn’t be a huge shocker that some Costco food court menu items aren’t the healthiest.
Still, it’s good to be aware of the calorie counts in popular items sold at these food
courts. The pepperoni pizza has 620 calories a slice. Each slice has 24 fat grams. If you
go for the combo pizza slice, you’ll get a piece of pizza with 680 calories and 29 fat
grams. The cheese pizza has a whopping calorie count of 700 calories a slice, with 28 fat
grams. The hot dogs have 550 calories and 34 fat grams. If you indulge, balance things
out by having some light meals after you leave Costco. The high calorie counts in some Costco
menu items sure don’t stop people from ordering them. These food courts do a roaring trade. The Chicken Bakes At Costco Are Freshly Made Ever tried a Chicken Bake from Costco food
court? Whether you have or haven’t, you’ll be pleased to know that these menu items are
made fresh and this is part of the reason why they are so delicious. For the uninitiated,
a Costco food court Chicken Bake is similar to a calzone. It’s made from pizza dough that
is filled with pizza cheese, chicken breast, Caesar salad dressing and bacon bits. The
pizza dough used in Costco food court items is exceptional. Before the dough is pressed,
it rests for a full day or as long as 27 hours. When the dough is baked, it attains the perfect
degree of chewiness. Some people ask for extra Caesar sauce on the side and then use it as
a dip. This menu hack is purported to amp up the deliciousness of this classic Costco
food court menu item. Of course, it will also bump up the calorie count. While it’s possible
to pick up frozen Kirkland Signature Chicken Bakes in Costco to enjoy at home, most people
find that the food court version is yummier, because Chicken Bakes form the food court
are made fresh each day. If you’re trying to keep your sodium intake low, this tasty
item may not be the right choice, because it has more than a daily supply of sodium. Some Beloved Costco Items Have Left Lots of fast food outlets change their menus
sometimes and then get complaints. It’s quite common for people to miss older menu items
that have been discontinued. This has happened with the Costco food court menu. Ice cream
bars were taken off the menu and some people were just sad. Apparently, the cost of producing
the luscious bars was simply too high. Although Costco runs the food courts more as a gesture
of goodwill to members, and in order to make life more pleasant for Costco shoppers, they
do need to consider the bottom line sometimes. The Polish Sausage was also taken off the menu,
because it wasn’t really the healthiest choice. Of course, many people miss the Polish sausage.
The Polish hot dog had plenty of flavor, but got pushed aside to make room for healthy
menu items that many people probably don’t really want. McDonald’s added healthier stuff,
like salads, but they don’t sell well. Costco did the same thing, but, judging by what most
people are eating at Costco food courts, the higher calorie fare is still the most popular
by far. It’s nice that the healthy stuff is there for those who want it, but it usually
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  2. At 3:10 the bulk of what Costco makes money on isn’t sales. Costco makes very little per sale, they make it from memberships. $5.9Billion come from membership, where they did 3 billion in sales last year.

  3. You forgot about the elephant in the room Sam's Club I love me some Sam Club food hell the money I save from take home food pays for my card in 2 months just on the food court food

  4. Even if the food court's inside, you can walk in through the exit and get food without a membership. If the receipt checker asks where you're going just tell them it's to the food court and they'll let you through.

    I've done it numerous times when I just want a lunch and don't want to walk the long way around. I do have a membership but so far I haven't been stopped and never showed it.

  5. Learn a minimum of geography. America is not a country. North America has 23 different countries. United States of America is one of them.

  6. 10:30 Lists Australia yet shows New Zealand flag. The American knowledge of anything non-American never ceases to amaze me

  7. Tip for indoor food courts: you don't need a membership for buying alcohol. Just say your buying alcohol and boom your in

  8. If you want to get to the food, just enter through the store exit. That is usually where the membership desk is so you just walk by the desk and continue to the food court. They never check for membership when you order.

  9. My family and I have gone into the Costco food court without showing our membership card although we do have it. Nobody even ask actually if you’re entering through the exit door.

  10. man the costcos around me have self serve tills now. there used to be just 2 manned ones now there are the 2 plus 6 self serve ones. It makes ordering the food faster but they never increased the employees in the back to go with the higher volume, so you end up waiting longer and there are less tables. so they sell more food but didnt hire more workers or increase the amount of tables to match the volume

  11. In UK we have cottage pie you said shepherd's which uses different meat. My favourite food court item is baked potato. I wish we had bbq brisket and churros sounds Devine.

  12. Actually, the Costco in Korea is way different. Their fridge/freezer section is filled with seafood. They also sell a lot of different items than the US one. In the Seattle Costco, they used to sell gelato. OH, they also have a car wash on site. Yes, Costco car wash.

  13. Innacuracy in the video : Costco's largest profit in proportion is the money it gets from membership fees NOT the profit off the items it sells. The food court is not there to get you to buy stuff so much as it is to attract potential customers. Costco's business model is to profit off membership. They get members with rock bottom prices and great deals, ,you buy buy a Costco membership card and go shop there because you know you are not getting ripped off.

  14. Their prices are reasonable, but not that low.
    They surely get or produce their food products in huge bulk.
    I am sure they make money.

  15. One thing… The majority of Costco profits is in memberships…. Sorry. I work there… It was driven home on orientation

  16. When my husband and I went to the Costco in Honolulu, they serve pistachio ice cream in a waffle cone! My husband had to stop there everyday we were there to get a cone. The last full day we were there, we stopped to get gas and then get him the ice cream… They closed an hour earlier than the ones in the states. They were lowering the metal screens as it was an outdoor food court right as we were going up. I thought that he was going to cry. He talks about that happening to this day. That happened in December of 2013. It’s the only food court that serves Pistachio ice cream. Not even on any of the other islands there. He said it was the best ice cream for the cost he ever had.

  17. Best meal deal at Cosco is that $4.99 rotisserie chicken.. 3 or 4 pounds of delicious injected hot juicy chicken… Plop down on one of the food court tables and smack at it. Card or not you'll find a way to get it. You can grab of bag of buns to save tips of your fingers. This could be considered a hack

  18. Once had a Co-worker that had a card & went to grab some Pizza for our office.
    I'm a Vegetarian, not by choice, some screw up in my system made me this way.🤷‍♀️
    But contemplating wrecking my stomach to trade with the Co-worker that opted for the Hotdog!😬
    Can honestly say it was it was never something I'd get again!

  19. All the food is pre-made and arrives frozen, yes there are hydrogenated oils in the pizza dough. New CEO….lower standard….and Costco pays people really well to do the simplest of tasks. I know this all from experience. It’s truly $2 food and that’s it. The brisket was discontinued because it took employees too long to put together🤫

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