The idea of a warehouse club, a retail store where customers can buy large quantities of products at bargain prices, has been around since the early seventies. But without a doubt it was Costco who brought the idea into the mainstream, transforming it into one the biggest retail chains in the United States, and the country’s largest membership-only warehouse clubs.
The company opened its first warehouse in Seattle in 1983, but through various corporate mergers and a successful expansion of the last few decades, Costco has a total of 729 locations across the world, from the U.S to Iceland to South Korea. But above everything, the best thing about Costco has to be the food court. From pizza, frozen yogurt, to sandwiches and burgers, the standard selection is best known for its big portions on the cheap side of things.
The chain sold more than 82 million hot dogs in its food courts in 2008, and for good reason. The best news is that you don’t need a membership to buy anything in the food court, as long as you’ve got some cash in hand. So grabbing one of their infamous $1.50 hot dog and drink combos is no hassle at all. But there is a change coming to Costco that will might make you stop by the retailer for a new reason.
When big portions for low costs is the name of the game, you are always in competition with other outlets, so what’s next? It turns out that Costco have a new product hitting food courts: a 1/3 lb cheeseburger.
The giant burger is currently only being offered in some locations, and they vary from place to place. In each location there are small changes to their preparation and their calorie count. Currently priced at $4.99, it has been spotted popping up in Colorado, North Carolina, Southern California, Washington and Georgia so far.
According to Food Beast, it’s an “organic beef patty, topped with romaine lettuce, smoked Thousand Island dressing, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese, all placed between fluffy, sweet Chicago-style buns.” It has been reported that this is a product that is being tested across various places before it goes nationwide. A spokesperson stated that they are being served in 10 locations, five of which are in California, which includes Corona, Pacoima, Livermore, Folsom, and Lakewood.
According to one Redditor, they tried this out a year ago with ciabatta bread instead of the current glazed option they have got now. This new version seems to be more successful, with organic jumbo-sized burgers and challah buns instead.
The organic meat comes from Costco’s ambition to bring more organic farming to the United States, identifying the primary issue preventing organic food from being available as the lack of affordable land for farmers on which to grow organic produce. To help with this, the company aims to work directly with organic farmers to help them buy the land and equipment necessary to increase their output.
One Costco employee explained that Costco would be rolling out the new 1/3 lb Cheeseburger in additional locations by March 2018. I know I’ll be first in line.