Costco may ban food court purchases for nonmembers

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


Fans of Costco's food courts without a membership card may soon be turned away when trying to buy a $1 churro, $1.50 hot dog and soda or other famously inexpensive items, according to USA Today.

Although Costco always has required a membership card to enter its locations, not every store has enforced the same policy at its food court.

Signs letting customers know about the change recently have appeared at Costco locations throughout the country.

The Costco Deals Instagram account, which is a fan account that isn't affiliated with the wholesale club, posted a photo of one of the signs on Thursday. It reads that the membership card will be needed to purchase food court items as of March 16, 2020.

Costco has two locations in Sonoma County, in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.

Santa Rosa Costco employees did not respond to our question about the change but said every location follows the same policy nationwide.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism, hate speech or personal attacks on others.
  • No spam or off-topic posts. Keep the conversation to the theme of the article.
  • No disinformation about current events. Claims of "Fake News" will be delayed for moderation
  • No name calling. "Orange Menace", "Libtards", etc. are not respectful.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine