Number of Costco warehouses in Canada by province 2019

Costco is headquartered in the U.S. and is a large retailer operating warehouse club stores around the world. Canada’s most populous province of Ontario was home to 36 Costco warehouses in Canada as of December 2019, whilst there was just one warehouse in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The warehouse club business model

Warehouse clubs offer a more limited range of products than a traditional supermarket and aim to attract shoppers who wish to save money by buying in bulk. Shoppers must become a member and pay a fee to be able to shop in Costco’s warehouses. Almost 95 million people worldwide were Costco members in 2018. There are different tiers of membership, all of which enable members to use any Costco warehouse worldwide and online. Other warehouse club retailers with stores in Canada include Sam’s Club and BJ’s wholesale.

Brick-and-mortar reigns over e-commerce

Costco offers an online shopping service, which can be a convenient and time-saving shopping option; however, the majority of Canadian consumers still spend more on groceries in-store than online. The main reasons preventing consumers from buying groceries online include a lack of interest and shipping and service costs.

Number of Costco warehouses in Canada as of December 2019, by province

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Release date

December 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

December 2019

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