A massive new Costco opened near Montreal this morning and it's unlike any other Costco Wholesale in the province. In fact, it's only the second of its kind in Canada.
The 132,000-square-foot Costco Business Centre, located in Saint-Hubert, specializes in targeting business needs — from commercial kitchenware to office supplies — but regular people can shop there too, as long as they're Costco members.
The first Canadian Costco Business Centre launched in Scarborough, Ontario in March 2017.
Of items cannot be found at regular Costco stores
Of the 3,200 items available at the new store, 2,200 — about 70% — are specific to the Business Centre and are enterprise-focused, spokesperson Renée-Dominique Dowd told MTL Blog.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of September 29, members of the public began shuffling in.
Despite their masks, shoppers could be overheard praising the prices of bulk items, including those local to Quebec, such as economy-sized packs of St-Albert cheese curds ($9.95 per kilogram) and 4-litre jugs of Bernard maple syrup ($50).
The Business Centre offers next-business-day delivery to commercial addresses within 25 kilometres of its location at 5025 Boulevard Cousineau.
There are plans to open several more Business Centres across Canada in 2021.
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Montreal Costco fans rejoice — a brand new 155,733-square-foot location just opened up in Anjou.
If you're a true Costco addict, you may be wondering, "Isn't there already a Costco in Anjou?" The answer is yes. But that location (on rue Bombardier) closed and will be converted into a Business Centre. Meanwhile, the area's regular Costco Wholesale has moved a short, five-minute drive away to Boulevard des Sciences.
Costco Wholesale called the new Anjou location "bigger and better." We checked it out on opening day, October 27, and it totally lives up to the hype!
The new Anjou Costco Wholesale is 20% bigger than the previous location with 20% more shopping carts (literally 1,000 of them), 900 parking spots, 18 gas pumps, thousands of products for sale and a whole new self-checkout section.
The new Anjou Costco has many beloved items that will be familiar to Costco regulars, ranging from big tubs of Nutella to Kirkland brand clothing to frozen food from local restaurants like Schwartz's smoked meat.
Ken Saumure, regional marketing manager, pointed out the Italian market section. He said it has goods you won't find at other Costcos because it's representative of the area's prominent Italian population.
Costco-goers will be happy to know that samples were in full swing — all individually portioned and wrapped in a COVID-19-friendly manner. This included a whole roll of Werther's Originals and a full-sized Orangina.
The Montreal Canadiens' executive vice-president, France Margaret Bélanger, has confirmed that the Habs and the Bell Centre are prepared to welcome 10,500 fans for Friday's Stanley Cup Finals game in Montreal and in discussions with Quebec's public health authorities to make that happen. But no decision has been made yet.
"We are at 3,500 people in the Bell Centre [...] and we asked about the possibility of obtaining 50% capacity, so, 10,500 people," she said at a press conference.