Costco Is Bringing Back Samples

Exterior of a Costco store.

In March, Costco samples disappeared due to the safety precautions implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Soon, however, they’re coming back!

USA Today reported that during a quarterly earnings call, Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, said, “We’re going to start doing some things in mid-June on a slow rollout basis in sampling. I can’t tell you anymore, but needless to say, it’s not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers.”

Other than the statement that they’ll be returning, not much is known about the logistics of how Costco samples will work. Stores will likely have to limit how many people have contact with the food and prevent customers from having contact with employees and others.

A Costco receipt being held in front of cash registers.

Over the last few weeks, the bulk-buy retailer has eased its COVID-19-inspired restrictions and introduced new measures. Regular store hours have returned, and there’s no longer a limit of two people per membership card.

A few food items have also returned to the food court, although they’re takeout only. However, all customers do still have to wear a mask upon entering the store.

[Via USA Today]

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