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Do all Costcos carry the same things?

I am going to be coming through the GTA and was wondering about costcos and the food they carry. I was in London and in Windsor and the Windsor location had siginifcantly more veal, greekish, and more Mediterranean type items than the London one. I could chalk it up to timing, but I wasn't sure.

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  1. Not all Costcos carry the same things. For example, the Costco on Wilson near Dufferin, in Toronto, carries a wide variety of Kosher meats. I have never seen this at any other Costco in the Toronto area. Also, some Costcos are out of some items, while others still have them in stock. But, for the most part, I think their stock is generally the same, with a few exceptions.

    1. Looking for specific items (in this case it was Macadamia nuts, but I've noticed it with non-food items as well), different Costco locations in the GTA do not always have the same stock.

      1. Definitely not and it seems the only way to find out is to visit different ones. and th

        1. I would say that about 80% of stock etc. is the same and then the rest seems to gear to the area in which it's located. As mentioned, the one on Wilson (near a very Jewish part of town) has a lot of Kosher stuff. I would suggest that with the large Eastern Med. population in Detroit the Windsor one (since it's close) may be why you find more Mediterranean type items.


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          1. re: Davwud

            We were surprised to find many more food items in the Heartland Mall than in the Scarborough Costco. I would prefer a lot more food items but a drive to Brampton would certainly cut into any price savings. I think that in addition to the local demographics some of the difference is accounted for by the size of the store. As long as I continue to believe that I save about 1/3 on groceries at Costco I'm happy. I must say going into a "real" supermarket from time to time is a shocking experience as I note the prices on items that I usually buy at Costco.

            1. re: Herne

              I tend to agree, but now that I am paying more attention (mostly because of my Mother who watches sales and clips coupons like a hawk) I have found many exceptions to this rule of things being cheaper at Costco. For example, often San Pellegrino and Perrier carbonated mineral water are on sale cheaper at Sobeys. Also, No Frills sells the Dr. Oetker pizza often for $2.99 which is less than what a 3-pak of them sells for at Costco. Of course, I like convenience too so I only stock up on sales when I just happen to be at somewhere other than Costco.

          2. Costco tailors their stock to each store's demographic. I shop at 2 Costcos in New Jersey and 1 in Montreal and there are differences in just about all of their categories except perhaps paper and cleaning products.

            1. Has anyone seen veal shanks in the GTA? I've seen them in NY and Montreal but not at Warden or Queensway.

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              1. re: sbug206

                Wilson and Dufferin - Kosher section. I'm pretty sure I saw some there today.

              2. Etobicoke, Heartland and Brampton have, from my purely subjective viewpoint,an astounding food range relative to the somewhat shrunken Scarb. warehouse.

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                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Never been to any of those Costcos. I am looking for mediterranean ingredients (spanish, french, italian, spanish) and those may be the ones if they have veal shanks. Their veal is lovely in general.

                  1. re: itryalot

                    Costco near Wilson also has lots of European favs like artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, etc. Only Costco I know of that carries fresh turkey parts - Kosher. Awesome veal chops too. More cheese variety too.

                    Markham / Scarborough stores have more Asian stuff like dried mushrooms, moon cake (seasonal), oyster sauce (seasonal).

                      1. re: wano

                        Adding to the list I prefer the Wilson/Dufefrin Costco as they carry the smoked meat pizza which is very good IMO. The etobicoke Costco has the most standardized items I have seen as the Scarborough carries some stuff I have not seen at other spots.
                        sbug206 its not fair to compare the US Costco to Canadian one's as there are so many differences. That being said I luv the Costco in Montreal as they carry some Quebec specific products I haven't seen anywhere else. Though my reference point is the San Francisco Costco.

                        1. re: elvisahmed

                          The one in Burlington has a weak cheese department compared to others.

                  2. What about the Woodbridge location?

                    1. Dunn's Montreal smoked meat in slabs has re-appeared at Costco Ajax. I don't know if the other locations have it.

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                      1. re: jayt90

                        I just got one from the Billy Bishop Costco (Dufferin and Wilson).

                      2. BTW the Scarborough Costco had cans ot macadamia nuts the last time I was there, worth it to stock up as they are so much cheaper than anywhere else.