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Costco's food courts have a cult following. Now they're making a comeback

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Costco diehards, don't fret: The beloved food court, known for its $1.50 hot dog and soda combo and giant menu boards, is coming back to life, albeit slowly.

New York (CNN Business)Costco diehards, don't fret: The beloved food court, known for its $1. 50 hot dog and soda combo and giant menu boards, is coming back to life, albeit slowly.

Costco shut down seating areas in food courts when the pandemic spread through the United States last March.

Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti expects a full return for the food courts: "God willing.

The company does not break out sales at food courts, but they are one of the perks that help persuade shoppers to dish out $60 or $120 for a Costco membership every year.

The food courts have gained a cult-like following over the years and become ingrained in pop culture.

"The food courts work.

Food courts, anchored by the $1. 50 hot dog-soda combo, are no gimmick at Costco.

"I know it sounds crazy making a big deal about a hot dog, but we spend a lot of time on it," Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal told The Seattle Times in 2009.

Costco puts the food courts inside stores near the entrances.

You leave the food court satisfied," Galanti told CNN Business in a 2018 interview.

Stops at the food court get shoppers to hang around.

And for Costco members who don't want to spend money at the food court, there's hope: Costco is also slowly bringing back food samples— another perk for members—to stores.

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