Costco is a behemoth among food retailers and only one visit will convince you of that fact.
Aside from Monday mornings or hockey playoffs games, there is a constant stream of busy consumers coming in and out of its wholesale clubs.
Indeed, customers shop so much at Costco that they are literally transformed into movers, having to push around 300, 400-pound carts on average.
With reported sales of $ 21 billion in Canada for 91 stores, Costco generates sales of approximately $ 4.8 billion in Quebec with its 21 stores, or $ 230 million annually per store.
This is a huge volume for such a small number of stores, hence the question: is Costco open to the sale of Quebec products?
Surprisingly, a press coverage review on the topic generates very few articles. Considering the importance of Costco in the market and Quebec’s sensitivity on such issue, this is suspicious.
Could it be so simply because Costco is doing things right and consequently, is leaving nothing to say about it? We went to a store to see for ourselves.
This approach is in no way scientific, but still! We’ll see.
We could go on for a while, but as we can see in this independent visit, it is not difficult at all to find a large abundance of Quebec products on Costco’s shelves, much more in fact than we expected.
Many other sections that we have not covered are full of them, including books, cds, wine, beer and so on.
It is crystal clear to us, at least, that Costco, in no way, shape or form, discriminates against Quebec products: perhaps, on the contrary, it does even a little more than expected.
As a result, Costco’s success in Quebec, which benefits consumers (and create jobs… more than 6 000 in fact), also benefits Quebec producers and manufacturers, which is a perfect win-win situation for Quebeckers!
Cet article est rédigé par DepQuébec, le premier portail web au Québec de l'industrie des dépanneurs. / This article is written by DepQuebec, the first web portal devoted to the Quebec depanneur industry.