Big Change Is Coming to the Costco Food Court This Month

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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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