Photo by David Castellon
Written by David Castellon
If your plans today include a trip to the Clovis Costco store, plan on going to a different destination than usual.
That’s because if you go to the store you’re used to at 380 W. Ashlan Ave., it’s closed for good after more than 29 years in operation.
Its last day of sales was on Wednesday, and today at 8 a.m., a newly built Costco store and gas station opened a few blocks away off Clovis Avenue west of Shaw Avenue.
A member of the management team reported that a crowd of 503 people had gathered for the opening.
If you’ve been to the old store in recent days, you might not have been aware the move was coming, as only small signs announcing it were posted, and pallets and shelves in the store were fully stocked, not empty with prices slashed, as is common when big retail stores close or relocate.
Costco employees contacted said that’s because the company chose to stock the new store with merchandise from its distribution center and not pull most of its stock from the old store, with the prominent exception of some food items.
Once the store is closed, those perishable food items expected to go bad soon will be thrown away, while non-perishable items — electronics, clothes, housewares, furniture, books, clothing, etc. — will be audited and later sent to the company’s distribution center to be redistributed to multiple Costco stores some time in the future.