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Costcos in the Bay Area - What Differences Have You Found?

I usually go to the Redwood City Costco, but yesterday, found myself at the Foster City Costco. The store seems smaller than RWC, and correspondingly, there seemed to be less variety of food products. For example, RWC has organic eggs in both the 18 and 24-egg cartons, where FC had only the 24. At FC, the prosciutto was Citterio (a brand I see in many stores and apparently American-made), in a single package, and the salami selection was limited. At RWC, they have Salumeria Rosi, an Italian import, which tastes very much like Prosciutto di Parma and comes in a 3-pack. At RWC, there are often a lot of Mexican products (tamales, masa, etc.), depending on the time of year, and I didn't notice many at FC.

I would love to hear what others have discovered in terms of the differences in food products (and wine) carried by the various Costcos throughout the Bay Area. For instance, do some Costcos carry a larger selection of wine, or Asian products, or cheeses, or.....???

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  1. The Costcos that are generally on my routes are Richmond, San Leandro, Mountain View and Foster City. Of those, Richmond and Mountain View tend to have a more upscale selection, at least when it comes to food.

    1. I've shopped at most of the area Costcos and try to go mostly to the Danville store. They seem to have the best variety, especially of the high end stuff. I also like the Hayward business Costco. They have quite a few things not available in the other stores.

      1. I've heard that some Costcos have different food court offerings. SF has gelato I believe. Richmond where I usually shop does not have gelato ..... does have a berry freeze and a few flavors of frozen yoghurt IIRC.

        1. Novato seems to have the largest wine selection compared to other Bay Area Costcos.

          1. I've seen expensive wines and some other items at Redwood City that I haven't seen anywhere else, probably due to the larger number of very rich customers.

            I went to the Hayward Business Center Costco the other day and they didn't have a number of things I buy regularly at the Richmond and SF branches, including imported prosciutto and vitamins. Clearly they're more focused on serving restaurants, convenience stores, and the like.

            So I stopped by the San Leandro store and got the rest of my list, including real imported Prosciutto di Parma, also Citterio brand.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              If you're looking for high end wine,
              Danville routinely has Chateau Y'Quem, Screaming Eagle, Chateau LaTour, etc....
              As well as many $300 plus scotches and brandies.

              1. re: kungful

                I bought the Heartland brand aged bourbon once. Took one small sip and poured the rest down the drain. Nasty metallic taste.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I'm pretty sure alcohol is excluded from the return policy in Ca, even unopened b/c of a state law. If it's really bad, though, I wouldn't be surprised if they made an exception

                    1. re: estnet

                      I returned an unopened case of beer once (bought too much for my event).

                    2. re: Ruth Lafler

                      It was so awful that I never wanted to think of it again. I poured the bottle into the sink straight away.

                    3. re: bbulkow

                      Costco accepts all returns with the exception of cigarettes.

                      1. re: macadam

                        Costco does not accept alcohol returns. Learned the hard way!