Big Change Is Coming to the Costco Food Court This Month


If you’re one of those people who enjoys the deliciously cheap offerings in the Costco food court, the retailer is making a big change that could affect you.

You Need to Have a Membership to Enjoy the Costco Food Court in March 2020

“Effective March 16, 2020, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court,” a spokesperson has confirmed to

This means that the long-held practice of gaining entry to Costco by letting the front door greeter know that you’re buying from the food court will no longer work for non-members in a few weeks.

Costco Food Court: Is It Worth It?

Money expert Clark Howard is a big fan of Costco, as are several members of Team Clark. The $60 to $120 annual membership can be largely offset by many of the store’s perks and savings.

As for the food court itself, here’s what Clark Radio Producer Joel says:

“Do you like to eat out? Well, Costco is a fantastic place for a date. My friend Wiley takes his wife Jenny there pretty often and it’s incredibly romantic. First, they take a stroll around and collect some free samples. Then, they head over to the lunch counter for a hot dog and some frozen yogurt. You’ll spend just over $2 and you’ll actually get filled up (those hot dogs are ¼ lb!). Costco’s lunch lineup isn’t super diverse, but it is tasty AND filling. If you save a few bucks on lunch just twice a month it will pay for your membership.”

Want to know more about the Costco food court? Here is Team Clark’s guide!

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