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Jul 2, 2010 05:59 PM

Edmonton >>> Calgary??

Friday afternoon, got nothing to do so I decided to learn something new.

The topic of choice is Canada beef. I learn that the best grade of Canada beef is of grade Canada Prime (equivalent to USA Prime grade but lower than Kobe beef grade).

With that knowledge, I wanted to know where I can get this canada prime grade beef in Calgary. Research told me that most of the prime grade is not sold to the general public. Only restaurants can buy them.

But then I read this article
My foodie mouth starts to salivate with the possibiilty to buy this grade of meat and cook it at home.

The question then: Which Costco has been selected to be in the program??

The mission is Costco in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge to find out if they carry any of these Canada Prime grade beef.

Calgary: None of the costco carries this grade (AAA is the best they can offer).
Red Deer: No one answered the phone
Lethbridge: Got to the customer service who couldn't answer the question and transferred me to the meat department. Sadly no one answered the phone in the meat department.
Edmonton: Called Sherwood Park and Edmonton South ... BOTH answered the call in less than 10 seconds (the customer service and meat department)... AND the best part is they do carry Canada Prime grade beef.

I don't know what else to make out of this research. Edmonton >>> Calgary in terms of Costco's beef.

I feel betrayed by the promise of "World-Class" city promoted by Calgary :-(
Bummer...what a way to start the weekend.

Recommended Action:
Press Costco Calgary to carry this prime grade cut by keep on requesting them to their customer service.

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  1. I wish we could get prime beef too but I'm fascinated by your criteria for betrayal. I may be mistaken but one of them seems to be the speed by which the phone was answered by the Costco meat department?

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    1. re: sharonanne

      hahahah no Costco's meat department response time is not my criteria that determines a world-class city. I was just impressed with Costco Edmonton...not only they carry prime grade beef (this is one criteria of world class city) but their customer service is also top-notch.

      I am just upset that Edmonton is chosen to be in the program but not Calgary (Maybe they are chosen because they run the store well?? - 10 secs response time would then suddenly become an important criteria).

      1. re: sharonanne

        Well another article here

        In there it says: Costco’s Prime program is currently being tested in a number of strategically chosen Costco stores in western Canada with plans to roll out to additional locations nationally over the next six months.

        I am disturbed by the phrase "strategically chosen"...I guess Calgary is not a strategic beach head market for prime grade beef (and Edmonton is???).

        Also it has been six months after the release of the article....I am a bit worried that the program is not going well and we may not get it here. Time to pester Costco's customer service with the Carry-Prime-Beef-Or-Give-Me-Back-The-Membership-Fee threat.

        1. re: jojok

          Time to import beef from Edmonton. How weird is that?

          Who knows what they were looking at when they determined the strategic locations. Let's just hope the stuff is selling well enough for us to get some. Pestering is a good idea.

          1. re: sharonanne

            Better yet, maybe you should all ditch Calgary and move to Edmonton. ;)

            If you are really desperate I'm sure someone here would be willing to cart some beef down for you....

            1. re: anonymoose

              I wouldn't go so far as "desperate" but thanks for the advice. I visit family in Edmonton often I'm sure I can handle it.

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        1. The Costco in the NW at Sarcee & Stoney Trail has prime beef (or at least it did 2 weeks ago). You can tell the Prime grade by the black styrofoam packages.

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          1. re: Merry113

            Yes, I bought some beef marked as Prime at the Beacon Hill Costco in the NW (off Stoney and Sarcee) back in May. I also saw it the last time the wife and I were there (about a week ago).

          2. What a depressing post. I just bought 1/4 of a grassfed cow, so I don't have any room in my freezer and not allowed to buy anymore beef..... and I work close to the Sherwood Park Costco and live close to the Edmonton South one. I hope the program continues for a while, or I'll be cursing the beef gods.

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            1. re: Libertycafe

              Well you just need to eat enough beef this week to make room! :)

              1. re: Shazam

                I'll do that if jojok reports back on his/her taste-test of prime grade steaks. More meatloaf, anyone?

            2. Well well well...GOOD NEWS. I just phoned Costco NW and South... They do carry Prime grade beef (Ribeye, Tenderloin, Striploin). But Costco South right now is out of stock, more shipment coming for the weekend.

              Well that is a relief. Now I can back to say that CALGARY IS WORLD-CLASS city.

              Now let me check if Toronto has it.

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              1. re: jojok

                On the topic of Costco beef, does anyone know how long Costco ages their beef? While I haven't tried their Prime, I have found their AAA to be a bit tough at times.