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How much variation in size, specialties are in the 5 COSTCO locations in the GTA?

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tekkamaki Apr 8, 2010 04:48 PM

We've just joined (our membership was a gift from a friend) and have been only to the Scarborough location at Warden/Ellesmere. Are all locations about the same? The membership sign-up guy told us that they will be adding a gas bar at this location very soon.

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    TexSquared Apr 8, 2010 05:24 PM

    I haven't been to every one in the GTA, but what I can say is, the location near Yorkdale is much bigger than the Scarborough one (it's newer too), while the one in Ajax is small by comparison.

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    Yorkdale Cafe
    1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

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      SusanB Apr 8, 2010 05:36 PM

      My husband used to go to the Warden/ Ellesmere one, but I'm not sure why. The one at Islington & Gardiner (Queensway) is much closer. I like it better too, although I'm not sure why. We've also been to the one up near the Colossus. They're all actually fairly similar, I guess, but I like the Queensway one the best.

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        HSz Apr 8, 2010 05:42 PM

        All locations carry the same base of products, but each of the stores will also carry a selection of goods that may be more popular to their local-group of members. For example, the Costco at Woodbine/Highway 7 may see a higher degree of Asian members which is reflected in their product selections, while the Costco's at Yorkdale and/or Woodbridge (Weston/Highway 7) will see a different segment of the population (more Italian products are carried that I've seen).

        Having gone to each of the Costco's within the GTA (from Pickering westwards to the St. Catherine's area), each store has the same selection of goods when it comes to the basics (groceries and whatnot), but it's the specialty selections that will differ.

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          Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 8, 2010 06:28 PM

          I would agree with this. Specifically, the Costco at Yorkdale has a large Kosher section, both for meats and products. They have very nice beef short ribs in the meats section. And for holidays, like Passover, they carry the specialty foods. Also the book selection reflects the clientele of the community.

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          Yorkdale Cafe
          1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

        2. jayt90 Apr 8, 2010 06:12 PM

          When gas comes in (springtime, they say) it will be a revelation in prices but there will be line ups, and payment by card (debit or Amex) only.

          1. Jacquilynne Apr 8, 2010 06:27 PM

            I've been to most of the ones in the North end -- and sometimes more than one in the same day -- and the differences seem to be minor at best. I see more variation between the same store from month to month than I do between different stores at the same time.

            1. elvisahmed Apr 8, 2010 10:51 PM

              Well some notable differences at least for me between the one near Wilson and queensway location are the Montreal Smoke Meat Pizza and Premiere Maison Bread that is carried by the Wilson location and not Queens Way. Living downtown the Queensway is closer for me but I prefer the Wilson Branch.

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                shakkar Apr 9, 2010 04:11 AM

                My friend who over last weekend mentioned that the Richmond Hill costco was much bigger than the one in Brampton.Maybe the newer stores are bigger than the older ones.

                1. Davwud Apr 9, 2010 05:38 AM

                  While on the surface they are cookie cutter places, some are clearly better than others.
                  First of all, as has been mentioned, there is some minor tweaking to suit the local demographic. Also, food court items can vary in selection and quality.

                  Given my druthers, I'd go to the one across from Yorkdale. I'd go to the one at Ellesmere and Warden last. I've been to just about all of them from Pickering, to St. Catherines to Newmarket.

                  DT

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                  Yorkdale Cafe
                  1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

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                    TexSquared Apr 9, 2010 04:22 PM

                    I agree. Ellesmere/Warden is a royal pain. Insufficient parking, overcrowded inside, insufficient checkouts (so ridiculously long lineups), reduced selection. Ajax is slightly smaller in floor space but usually you can park close and the checkout lines are more bearable. When I used to live in Scarborough and went to the Warden one, some days you'd be in the checkout line for 45 minutes and then another 15 minutes to get by the "security" at the exit door.

                    Other than U.S. locations, the only non-GTA Costco I've been to is in London (Ontario, next to the 401). It's about as big as the one near Yorkdale.

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                    Yorkdale Cafe
                    1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

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                      Davwud Apr 9, 2010 05:58 PM

                      W&E is closest to my God Parents but they head up the 404 to Elgin Mills.

                      DT

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                      Elgin Cafe
                      100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P5K8, CA

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