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New Costco Business Center, Commerce

monku Jul 27, 2009 01:40 PM

Checked out the new Costco Business Center in Commerce today which opened July 23rd. Nice thing was it was 10am and there couldn't have been more than 50 customers in the store.

130,000 square foot store designed for businesses in the food service, convenience store, hospitality and office. Think they're trying to compete with places like Smart & Final and Restaurant Depot.

First section when you walk in is dedicated to food service with cooking utensils, pots, pans, commercial appliances, restaurant and bar supplies.

Bakery where the dozen packs of muffins, scones, danish etc...are individually wrapped. Didn't see birthday cakes. Eight isles with just bottled/canned beverages, but no alcohol or wine. Huge walk in refrigerated area with meats you can buy by the case.

Lot's of items and brands you won't find at a regular Costco, and some of the same items you'll find at Costcos, but not all of them.

They have a business center where they make copies, banners, signs, business cards promotional items and even t-shirts.

You can buy gas there too.

They don't have the following:
Photo Dept, pharmacy, optical department, alcohol (beer or wine), electronics, clothing, books, tire center, vitamins, toiletries.

Outdoor foodcourt where unfortunately they serve the Kirkland hot dog. Had the Polish sausage and it really wasn't much different than the Hebrew Ntaional.

Open to all Costco Members
8am-6pm Monday-Saturday
Closed Sundays

Costco Business Center
6333 Telegraph Rd.
Commerce, CA 90040
(Just south of the Citadel--exit the 5 Freeway at Washington Blvd)

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  1. Joe Blowe RE: monku Jul 27, 2009 02:05 PM

    FYI, link to their first Business Center location. Everything mentioned above applies, except for the food court :-(

    http://www.chow.com/places/49055
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      PandanExpress RE: monku Jul 27, 2009 04:59 PM

      Can people shop here with just a regular (non business) membership? I guess the obvious answer is no?

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        bllrdfam RE: PandanExpress Jul 27, 2009 05:05 PM

        I have executive membership and shopped at the first location in Hawthorne with no problems. Signs indicated that business or executive was required, but someone told me that any member can shop there. Would say it is worth a call to check.

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          monku RE: PandanExpress Jul 27, 2009 05:24 PM

          All members (Gold Star) welcome at 8am when they open.
          They had the Gold Star membership card posted along with the other memberships.
          No one was in line to check out at 10am this morning.

        2. Professor Salt RE: monku Aug 19, 2009 12:28 PM

          Stopped in here yesterday. Like Monku says, I get the feeling they're trying to compete with Smart and Final or Restaurant Depot. Symbolic choice of real estate because this location of Costo Biz Center is right down the street from Smart & Final's corporate HQ.

          What I noticed is a greater selection of meats. Subprimal cuts you don't find at other Costcos like beef knuckle meat, chuck rolls, various cuts off the round. They sell these by the case as well as individual cryovac packs if you're curious about what "peeled knuckle meat" is like, without buying an entire case.

          There's a ton of candy in resale packaging. They're trying to compete against the Jetros with that.

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            monku RE: Professor Salt Aug 19, 2009 04:17 PM

            You're right about the meat, I've seen stuff I didn't know existed.
            I noticed the Smart & FInal headquarters at the Citadel on our way back to the freeway.

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              monku RE: Professor Salt Aug 24, 2009 01:28 PM

              Returned to the Business Center today in Commerce and noticed there was no USDA Prime beef, but a whole section of USDA "Select" beef in addition to a separate case for the USDA "Choice".
              Checking out at 9am this morning there were only two of us with one register open.

              Kind of bummed I'd bought gas at the Alhambra location for $2.95.9/gal and 15 minutes later at the Commerce store it was advertised for $2.87.5/gal.

            2. liu RE: monku Aug 19, 2009 02:32 PM

              Thanks, monku, for notifying us of this warehouse opening.
              We were there about a week after they opened and everything was still sparkling...and they were very busy on a Saturday afternoon.

              What I really liked were the bins with cooking wares and utensils from which they were selling individual items. We were able to purchase ONE thermometer instead of a case of them!

              The space is huge. It took us over an hour to walk the aisles...fun!

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                Clinton RE: monku Aug 24, 2009 01:46 PM

                Was at the opening of the one in Hawthorne and noticed the difference between the regular stores vs. the business one. Bought certain items that are not sold at the regular stores like recycled paper hand towels and other stationery goods like bubble wrap envelopes. Steel dinner forks and spoons were less than $4 for 25. Digital meat thermometer was less than $10. Even candies and vending machine items were sold individually and not by the cases. Check out lines were practically non-existent during the weekdays. Products are geared mainly for small businesses similar to Smart and Final.

                1. DiveFan RE: monku Aug 24, 2009 08:07 PM

                  About the only thing going for Hawthorne, my burg of residence, is a Costco on both sides of town!

                  Some things that caught my eye at the CBC:
                  - Waring commercial stick blender for ~$50.
                  - Medium size carbon steel wok for ~$25.
                  - 5-6 lb chubs of deli meat, slicer required :-(.
                  - Extremely cheap milk and cream, IIRC 1 gal milk for ~$1.39! Likewise on the lower fat, non-frozen hamburger meat chubs.
                  - Gardenburger and Boca veggie burgers, no longer stocked at the 'other' Costco (but the more expensive MorningStar Farms brand is).

                  For those of us who dress light, they supply day-glo orange parkas for wearing in the very large walk-in refer where much of the dairy and meat is. Without them, you can get an 'ice-cream' headache.

                  HINT for online menu planning and shopping - on the Costco web site select 'Business Delivery', enter the ZIP CODE OF THE CBC LOCATION and click 'Commercial'. You will see every catalog listing that can be picked up at the store.

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                    Norm Man RE: DiveFan Aug 31, 2009 12:37 PM

                    What is the address of the Costco Business Center in Hawthorne? Thanks.

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                      Joe Blowe RE: Norm Man Aug 31, 2009 12:41 PM

                      As posted above: http://www.chow.com/places/49055

                  2. monku RE: monku Aug 27, 2009 10:03 AM

                    Today and tomorrow 8/27 & 8/28 they have a business expo at the Commerce store with lots of free samples and eats and discounts.

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                      restaurantownerla RE: monku Sep 7, 2009 08:47 PM

                      too expensive, r.depot offers more products for foodservice

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                        monku RE: restaurantownerla Sep 7, 2009 09:47 PM

                        Costco Business Center's don't cater only to the food service, so maybe why they don't have as much selection as Restaurant Depot.
                        Can't believe that the prices I saw at the Costco Business Center are "too expensive" compared to Restaurant Depot.

                        I'm sure most CH's don't have a restaurant business license to get into Restaurant Depot, but a majority of them have a Costco Membership.

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                          Joe Blowe RE: restaurantownerla Sep 7, 2009 10:56 PM

                          I'm a member of both Costco and Restaurant Depot/Jetro, in addition to being a member of Smart & Final's "Cash & Carry" warehouse biz (which no longer operates in SoCal).

                          Too expensive? Incorrect. You are forgetting the unbelievable purchase-power that Costco wields. Or, perhaps, you have some ulterior motive here...

                          More products? Maybe. Restaurant Depot caters exclusively to the food service industry, so they carry those products that business owners need. Costco Business Center carries a good percentage of those products, but also carries some of the same items found in their "general public" warehouses.

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                          eric90014 RE: monku Nov 22, 2009 01:12 PM

                          Costco Business Center in Commerce is having another EXPO event. Dec. 3rd & 4th from 8am-6pm. All the deals are listed here...

                          http://www.costcoconnection.com/conne...

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                            monku RE: eric90014 Nov 22, 2009 03:59 PM

                            I went the last time, they give away lots of freebie stuff like drink and food samples to take with you, not little bite size samples you eat there.

                            I find the gas at the Commerce location to be 5-10 cent's/gallon cheaper than the Alhambra Costco and that's checking the same day a few times within the same hour.

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                              JAB RE: monku Nov 23, 2009 06:19 AM

                              Do you know if they carry the whitefish salad at this location?

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                                monku RE: JAB Nov 23, 2009 06:29 AM

                                Is that something that's a prepared on site item? Because they don't have a prepared food kitchen at this location.

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                                  JAB RE: monku Nov 23, 2009 09:16 AM

                                  No it's not. I believe that others have posted that it's from ACME product.

                                  http://www.acmesmokedfish.com/

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                                    monku RE: JAB Nov 23, 2009 02:28 PM

                                    I was there today and didn't see anything like that refrigerated section. Would it be something that's sold in a tub?

                                    It sounds interesting do they sell it at the other Costco's in the Los Angeles area?

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                                      JAB RE: monku Nov 23, 2009 03:17 PM

                                      I've never seen it so I can't comment on what it looks like. Yes, others have posted that their Costco carries this. I checked mine and even posted asking if any stores in OC carry it but, didn't get any positive response. I also contacted Costco Corporate but, they stated that they don't have a way of telling which stores carry which products. Unbelievable to this Logistics professional but, true. I commute past the Commerce Costco but, have never ventured off of the freeway to see if they carry it during my commute home. If I knew for sure that they carried it, I would stop in without question. I suppose that it may be carried in stores with a Jewish demographic.

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664055

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                                        monku RE: JAB Nov 23, 2009 03:28 PM

                                        I looked at the whitefish salad on the Acme website (under salads) and it looks like it comes in a tub. In a regular Costco it would probably be in the section where the smoked salmon and other refrigerated packaged seafood might be and I've never seen it.
                                        I notice the address for Acme is Brooklyn NY, so it wouldn't surprise me if it's a product they sell only in the NYC area.
                                        Your best bet would be to call Acme and ask them which Costco's carry it.

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                                        Professor Salt RE: monku Nov 23, 2009 03:23 PM

                                        I've seen that whitefish salad at the Tustin 2 Costco (on Jamboree). It's Acme's Blue Hill Bay brand. Comes in a square plastic tub, about quart sized. It's over in the refrigerated section near the hummus and the 7 layer dip and such.

                                        Can't say if the Commerce Biz Center has it or not. Just sayin' cuz I've seen it.

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                                          JAB RE: Professor Salt Nov 23, 2009 03:27 PM

                                          Thank you PS. I'll check it out this Wednesday and have it for Thanksgiving day breakfast if available.

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