Monday, July 25, 2011
Big box shopping comes to Canberra
Guess what's come to Canberra? Opened on Friday, this is the third Australian store for the US giant, after Melbourne in August 2009 and Sydney on Thursday last week. I'm a little surprised that Canberra was chosen before one of the larger cities, unless it was to do with the availability of land.
It really is 'big box' shopping - a huge warehouse-like space, big trolleys, big package sizes, and a big checkout total at the end! From what I can work out, we saved over the equivalent of the annual membership cost in our first foray out there today, and didn't come out with too many things we didn't really need (although perhaps the bottle of Hersheys Chocolate Syrup wasn't strictly necessary).
There have been a lot of very excited people talking about Costco opening for months, and while I don't really understand that excitement, we'll probably do a planned bulk shop once a month or so for basics.