Costco has 4 locations for grocery store shopping in Puerto Rico

For reference, we also list the Sam’s Club stores, which have copied the Costco business model.  Sam’s Club stores are owned by Walmart.

For the master list of other Puerto Rico grocery stores, click here:
Puerto Rico grocery stores, shopping for groceries, shopper, weekly ad

Costco has 4 store locations in Puerto Rico

Costco has 4 store locations in Puerto Rico

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Costco-red pins and Sam’s Club-blue pins in Puerto Rico

COSTCO requires a $55 annual membership fee and SAM’S CLUB requires a $45 annual membership fee.  You shouldn’t have to pay a fee to shop somewhere. Besides, the prices are often higher than those found at other grocery stores than these 2 so-called wholesale clubs.  They are hoping you are stupid and bad at math, mistakenly thinking you are getting a deal for the so-called privilege of shopping at a so-called wholesale club. Both try to confuse you with package weights that are bigger than those found at regular grocery stores. However, if you use simple math, dividing the price by the weight, you will find the unit cost per ounce or pound is far too often higher at the so-called warehouse club. I don’t recommend paying for the membership as it is not worthwhile for most people.  It would be wise to support the smaller competitors instead of Costco, Sam’s Club, and Walmart, because competition is good for consumers. When a big chain forces smaller competitors out of business, the bigger chain may raise prices, hurting consumers.   It’s better if you spend your money at a Puerto Rican company, to keep the money spent in Puerto Rico at a locally owned business.

For the master list of other Puerto Rico grocery stores, click here:
Puerto Rico grocery stores, shopping for groceries, shopper, weekly ad

COSTCO
125 Calle A
Bayamon PR 00959
787-993-9311
M-SAT 9-9, SUN 11-6, Pque Ind Minilla

COSTCO
PR-2, Km 15.5
Bayamon PR 00961
787-474-6930
M-SAT 9-9, SUN 11-6, Hato Tejas Ward
GPS N 18.40569,  W 66.19449

COSTCO
Plaza Centro Mall Roman Tile #2
Caguas PR 00725
787-653-6930
M-SAT 9-9, SUN 11-7, Bairoa Ward
GPS N 18.24722, W 66.02386

COSTCO
1185 Ave 65 Infanteria
San Juan PR 00924
787-999-7230
M-SAT 9-9, SUN 11-6, Bairoa Ward

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2 Responses to Costco has 4 locations for grocery store shopping in Puerto Rico

  1. E R says:

    First i really like your website please keep it up, is informative and valuable –

    A comment on the above – i respectfully disagree with what you write on costco
    I am a puerto rican living in the midwest working for a food manufacturer that has costco as one of its clients – from visiting their buying team in person i can tell you these people are passionate about bringing service to their members and that they are not trying to fool you. The best evidence of the above is their guarantee, if you buy something and dont love it – return it. Is that simple, and they live up to it.

    One of the most important reasons they charge a fee is to deter theft – see here for other reasons http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/071015/3-reasons-costco-has-membership-fees.asp

    Not only are they passionate about their members getting the best value, they treat the suppliers fairly. I really love working with them.

    This is a very good and thruthful article that i found after reading your post its a bit dated but still good – check it out http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/01/16/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-costco

    I hope to keep visiting your website and learning, if i come across something that may be useful i will sure sendi it your way. By the way who are you? It doesnt matter thanks for the content

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  2. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and discussion points.

    Perhaps Costco and Sam’s Club are not trying to fool people with their bulk sizes. That point is hard to prove or disprove. However, what is indisputable is that I frequently find similar items at other grocery stores for far less money on a cost per weight basis. Many people blindly assume they are getting a deal on certain products, when in fact they are paying more, simply because it is sold at a so-called wholesale club. For example, here in PR, Kiwi are on sale recently at many of the local grocery stores for 20 cents each. You can buy 1 or 100 kiwi. At Sam’s and Costco, the Kiwi are in 4 pound plastic clamshell containers for $9.99 which is $2.50 per pound. When you divide the price by the quantity in the container, it is far more than 20c each. I’ve already read your US News article promoting Costco a long time ago. It doesn’t change the fact that too many consumers are fooled by bulk food sizes, whether the stores are intending to fool them or not. Bananas at 49c/pound at Costco and Sam’s Club have always been cheaper than competing local PR stores where they are about 69c/pound, but many other produce items are cheaper than at Costco and Sam’s Club. Almost every week several stores in PR have 3 pound bags of Red Delicious, Gala, Granny, and other apples for $2.50/bag which is 83 cents per pound. Costco and Sam’s Club have larger bulk size 4-5 pound bags of Gala apples for $1.60-$1.75 per pound and 10 pound bags of Red Delicious for $1.10 per pound. So, buying at the warehouse clubs, the prices are 30-100% more on apples for example.

    I personally find it arrogant for a store like Costco and Sam’s Club to expect me to pay for giving them my money. At any rate, I have found several ways to shop at both without buying a membership, yet still get the member price. Your linked Investopedia article states, “It’s unlikely that shoplifters will spend $55 a year for the opportunity to steal.” The membership fee doesn’t prevent people from stealing as much as a high fee attracts higher income consumers and dissuades lower income consumers from shopping there. These member fees and bulk size packages indirectly discriminate against the poor, not only for a higher price of entry to shop of $45-55, but also because poorer people are less likely to have a second refrigerator to hold larger sized packages of perishables. They are also less likely to be able to spend $11 for a bag of apples than a $2.50 for a bag of apples, not to mention, in doing so, the apples would cost 30-100% more. When you have to buy larger size packages, and pay more per pound, both factors hit the poor the hardest. If you bought 4 items at $10 per bulk size package at Costco for $40 total, you might be about to get 10-40 different food items at a regular grocery store for the same $40.

    To illustrate,
    10 pound bag Red Delicious apples $10.99 =$1.10/pound vs 3 pound bag $2.50 = 83c/pound
    10 pound bag oranges $10.99 = $1.10/pound vs 77c/pound, 1 at a time
    10 pound bag yellow onions $7.99 = 80c/pound vs 2 pound bag $0.79 = 39c/pound
    4 pound container kiwi $9.99 = $2.50/pound vs 20c each, 1 at a time
    Costco 4 items for $40 all at higher prices than at regular grocery stores per pound. So, not only are you saving money by avoiding Costco, you can buy smaller quantities to be able to purchase a much greater variety of different foods for the money. If you want to buy those 4 food types, but only have $30 to spend, you can only buy 3 of the 4 at Costco or Sam’s Club, but at a regular grocery store, you could get many more different foods.

    In addition, both Costco and Sam’s Club compare the products you have in your cart to your receipt, at the exit, to ensure you paid for everything. Closely checking receipts could still be done whether they have the $45-55 membership fee or not. Other reasons thefts are lower is that bulk size packages are harder to conceal because they are bigger. It’s much harder to hide 10 pounds of apples or oranges than a 3 pound bag or a single apple or orange. You don’t need to charge a membership fee to closely check receipts or sell more items in larger packages that are harder to conceal.

    “In the volatile world that is the grocery business, Costco has a way to ensure a steady source of income: membership fees. In 2014 alone, the company’s 76 million members worldwide brought in $2.4 billion in revenue. When you consider that, in 2014, Costco’s net income was only $2 billion, you can see why the company needs membership fees to stay in business.” That’s a silly statement in the Investopedia article. They don’t need membership fees to stay in business, because instead, Costco could raise prices by 1% and eliminate the membership fee. Over 99% of businesses do not charge membership fees and they stay in business, which proves membership fees are not necessary to stay in business. “Psychology plays a part in the success of the subscription business model. First, by requiring membership, Costco shoppers belong to a private club. Additionally, the fee motivates action: the money’s been spent; best to take advantage of the membership.” This again is a false argument, at least in some cases where people are misled into thinking they are getting a deal, when instead they are OVERPAYING for similar items, such as the fruit price comparisons. In such cases, the members aren’t taking advantage of the membership, but instead the membership is taking advantage of them. One needs to closely compare prices to see which items are cheaper at Costco compared to other stores instead of blindly and incorrectly thinking Costco and Sam’s Club are cheaper than non-warehouse club type stores. You say Costco isn’t trying to fool anyone, yet this article mentions the psychological effects of the membership fee, tricking people into thinking a so-called wholesale club is going to save them money, which is only sometimes true.

    I am someone who has observed the difficulties in doing business and conducting everyday tasks in Puerto Rico. I want to make a difference in improving Puerto Rico, by sharing my insights, information, and advice to improve the lives of everyone in Puerto Rico.

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