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Costco Suspends Food Samples Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Better grab something to eat before your next Costco run!
If you’ve been to Costco recently, you may have noticed that it looks a little different these days. It’s not just the larger-than-usual crowds or the empty shelves where hand sanitizer and toilet paper used to be. It’s also the complete absence of food samples!

Although there has been no official word on whether free samples have been removed from all locations company-wide, there were none being distributed at our local Costco when we went to investigate. We checked all the usual locations, and there was not one food sample to be found!

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We spoke with a manager at this location who confirmed that the store stopped giving out samples to help limit the communicability of coronavirus. The manager went on to say that there’s no telling when Costco’s free samples will return, as this will depend on how the coronavirus situation unfolds.

Costco’s free samples have been one of the fun perks of warehouse club shopping for years, and they will most certainly be missed. In the meantime, there’s always the food court but note that a limited menu is available and orders are only available for takeout and seating is not available! Just be prepared to show your membership card.

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