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What does your Costco/Sam’s Club/grocery store look like?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 02, 2020 01:56PM
I was texted by a relative an image and written description of the scene at Costco in SLC, Utah suburban area at lunchtime today. Normally it is a busy place but the image shows a line about 15 people (and carts) deep waiting to access the bottled water, tissues, and toilet paper. The image of the checkout line queue goes from the front of the store, all the way back to the deli. The location is out of toilet paper and the water was in low quantity. Not sure when they will be restocked.

Be careful out there my friends.







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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 01:57PM
.....the news says the same thing......bottled water and Purell.......



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: March 02, 2020 01:58PM
I really hope this crisis doesn’t affect water treatment.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 02, 2020 02:00PM
Is there something I don't know? Why bottled water and toilet paper??



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 02, 2020 02:01PM
Google shows my closest Costco about 10% busier than average.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 02:02PM
.....in 'crisises'........the bare essentials......bottled water (in case something happens to water supply).......toilet paper so one has the ability to wipe in crisis......



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 02, 2020 02:03PM
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rjmacs
I really hope this crisis doesn’t affect water treatment.

That's an interesting point; perhaps our local water experts can weigh in.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: hal
Date: March 02, 2020 02:04PM
I went to the supermarket yesterday and it was all normal - I think the costco mindset comes into play here. Costco shoppers are different than normal shoppers imo.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: lost in space
Date: March 02, 2020 02:17PM
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I went to the supermarket yesterday and it was all normal - I think the costco mindset comes into play here. Costco shoppers are different than normal shoppers imo.

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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 02, 2020 02:18PM
On Saturday I was at Costco and overheard a worker telling a customer that as soon as the opened they sold out of Toilet Paper, Bottled Water, and Wipes.

I was there again on Sunday and saw that they had lots of TP, and was getting a little low so I bought one "bale" in case it's hard to find in stock in the near future, but I noticed another customer with 3 bales of TP in their cart. That's 90 rolls, it's going to take a lot of bottled water to flush that much down.

One other thing I noticed was that the entire bread section was completely sold out, reminded me of east coast snow storm panic.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 02:20PM
......did you ever wonder for shows like 'The Walking Dead' or 'Fear the Walking Dead'......where do they get TP......????



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 02, 2020 02:21PM
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I really hope this crisis doesn’t affect water treatment.

That's an interesting point; perhaps our local water experts can weigh in.

I am not an expert on water treatment but I have visited a few facilities in my time as a journalist. I believe the concern is botha rational fear and a less rational one by the public.

Rational theory: Employees may be ill and short staffed to run the facility. The other part is grabbing bottled water if you are looking to camp out and wait for urban areas to lessen the infection rate.

Less rational theory: Covid-19 Passes through municipal water supplies. I don’t believe in this but I have heard people at the store bantering about. We live in an age of bad information and pseudoscience that many people believe.

Also, another theory is diminished personnel securing water treatment facilities could be an opportunity for bad actors to strike and cause further problems. Just because the virus is around doesn’t necessarily mean bad guys aren’t going to be hunkering down. Police recently arrested some alleged domestic terrorist in Virginia that wanted to take several vectors of attack from shooting law enforcement officers to steal equipment to damaging infrastructure.







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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 02:23PM
....and when the zombie apocalypse happens......you don't wanna' be venturing out looking for water.......



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 02, 2020 02:31PM
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....and when the zombie apocalypse happens......you don't wanna' be venturing out looking for water.......
Or TP
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: d4
Date: March 02, 2020 02:32PM
Bottled water and toilet paper is the new bread and milk.

Bread & Milk



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: graylocks
Date: March 02, 2020 03:17PM
i ran out of steel cut oats and was a little nervous about venturing into Aldi after reading a few news stories about shelves being empty. the panic hasn’t hit here. plenty of bread, milk, toilet paper, and water. barely a line.

walmart was similarly normal where i went to get 91% alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. i already had plenty of aloe vera.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 02, 2020 03:22PM
So instead of bread and milk for a "French Toast Storm" we've got water and TP for a "Diarrhea Event" ?
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 03:23PM
....this is a diarrh [ dire ]......event......



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 02, 2020 03:39PM
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Bottled water and toilet paper is the new bread and milk.

Bread & Milk

Exactly. ugh.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 02, 2020 04:00PM
Are bidets out of stock?
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: March 02, 2020 04:20PM
Picked up my online grocery order today. 1 item, canned peaches was substituted with a larger can for the same price. As they brought my order out to my truck, I couldn't see what the shelves looked like. No one I talked to lately has mentioned a run on any store items.

I did buy a case of bottled water, but that's because I'm weaning myself from the diet pops. I'm down to one can a day, and when that's gone, I won't buy any more.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 04:23PM
.....so.....Diet......Another......Day.....???



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: March 02, 2020 05:53PM
Wonder what the various LDS canneries look like...
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Bo
Date: March 02, 2020 06:16PM
Just back from Costco minutes ago (SF Bay Area) Might have been the quietest I’ve ever seen it. Just my usual trip every few weeks Plenty of stock, not crowded and almost no lines at all.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: mikebw
Date: March 02, 2020 06:35PM
I went Friday night and it felt a little panicked, a bag of rice broke open on the floor, all the la Croix cans sold out, etc... but then I have never been to that particular location at that time before, might be the normal state of affairs.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 02, 2020 08:23PM
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Bo
Just back from Costco minutes ago (SF Bay Area) Might have been the quietest I’ve ever seen it. Just my usual trip every few weeks Plenty of stock, not crowded and almost no lines at all.

Here's what the Sunnyvale store looked like today, I had never seen the pallet racks so empty before.


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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 08:31PM
.....nice.....racks......



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 02, 2020 08:38PM
Costco (princeton, nj) was out of water, toiled paper, chicken, liquid soap, hand sanitizer.
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 09:05PM
.....the news confirmed that Costcos in our area had long lines of people 'stocking up'.....as well as local drug stores......



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Re: What does your Costco or Sam’s Club look like? Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: richorlin
Date: March 02, 2020 09:22PM
I'm in Northern VA, Chantilly Costco to be exact. I was there this morning when they opened to drop off/pick up an Rx. Did some shopping whle I waited and all the shelves looked pretty full. I did see some people with carts of water and TP, but nothing unusual for this Costco. Saw a full stock of diapers and baby wipes.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Bo
Date: March 02, 2020 09:42PM
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Just back from Costco minutes ago (SF Bay Area) Might have been the quietest I’ve ever seen it. Just my usual trip every few weeks Plenty of stock, not crowded and almost no lines at all.

Here's what the Sunnyvale store looked like today, I had never seen the pallet racks so empty before.



Wow! Tale of two bay area cities, totally different
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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: March 02, 2020 09:45PM
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Costco (princeton, nj) was out of water, toiled paper, chicken, liquid soap, hand sanitizer.

Local stores have 3 for $10 on cases of Deer Park.

Maybe I should stock up and make a run to NJ. I'm not too far from the state line. I wonder how much I could get by hawking cases on the side of the road.



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 02, 2020 09:51PM
I wondering what the lines at the return counter might look like months from now. Costco's liberal return policy might be encouraging people to buy "just in case" with no financial risk.

Wonder what they do with returned toilet paper.
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Re: What does your Costco or Sam’s Club look like? Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: vision63
Date: March 02, 2020 10:50PM
I went to the Grocery Outlet store and there was no Chocolate Frosting. It's getting serious.
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Re: What does your Costco or Sam’s Club look like? Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: davester
Date: March 02, 2020 11:40PM
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I went to the Grocery Outlet store and there was no Chocolate Frosting. It's getting serious.

The horror!



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Re: Report from Costco in suburban Salt Lake City
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 03, 2020 07:39AM
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Bottled water and toilet paper is the new bread and milk.
Bread & Milk

Exactly! Just like in the Mid-Atlantic when there is even a rumor of snow,
grocery stores get wiped-out of milk, snack cakes, toilet paper, & ice melter.

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Posted by: rgG
Date: March 03, 2020 10:00AM
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I went to the Grocery Outlet store and there was no Chocolate Frosting. It's getting serious.

Lol. Did they still have Vanilla? smiling smiley





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Re: What does your Costco/Sam’s Club/grocery store look like?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 03, 2020 10:27AM
I don’t want to know, but I have to go back within a week. I was there this weekend, it was packed as usual since it’s snowbird /rain bird season. I’m sure they are of the mindset “buy buy buy” since that’s what everyone else back home is doing.
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Re: What does your Costco/Sam’s Club/grocery store look like?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 03, 2020 07:11PM
.....like the wind....my son.....like the wind.......



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