It is with much regret that we have decided to stop shopping at Costco.
You see, the products currently sold at Costco in Melbourne, Australia, have gone downmarket and no longer tempt us to buy them.
I am not questioning Costco’s marketing ability. They cater to the demographic which will buy their products. Consequently, there are many huge bags of rice, lots of sweets and potato chips, cans of spaghetti and baked beans, alcohol, and foods with an Asian appeal such as frozen wontons etc.
Gone are the American imports which attracted us and the Continental delicacies which we enjoyed buying.
The change in products has been a gradual one. The original Caesar dressing disappeared, dill pickles were hard to find and even a well-known American jar of mixed bean salad is now unavailable.
Apparently, these kind of foods were not attracting enough buyers and so they were replaced with very mundane products that were obviously better sellers.
I was a fan of Kirkland’s own brand of products but they seem to have been replaced as well. This is unfortunate because many of the Costco offerings can now be purchased in our local Australian supermarkets.
I find that Aldi sells quite a few of the continental products that were originally in Costco when it first opened.
Such is the way of the world. My husband enjoyed the arancini he used to buy at Costco but they also went missing the last two times we trekked to the city to buy them.
What a pity this has happened! It was great while it lasted and we used to look forward to our regular visits there. But the selection no longer attracts us and we hope that another supermarket chain will provide the tasty titbits that we can no longer find at Costco.