Costco Plans to Start Handing Out Food Samples Again Later This Month

Costco's free samples will be back starting in mid-June.

Back in March, when the country was trying to find its footing in response to the coronavirus, Costco eliminated their signature samples to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It was a sad day, but best for the health and safety of both the employees and Costco members.

Now, as we trudge into June, the country has started reopening its doors to the public. What does that mean for Costco’s samples? Well, they’re coming back!

When Is the Official Return Date?

It’s sooner than you think. During Costco’s quarterly earnings call at the end of May, execs revealed that samples are set to come back in mid-June. However, the sampling method will look different than we’re all used to.

USA Today reported that Costco exec Richard Galanti says: “We’re going to start doing some things in mid-June on a slow rollout basis in sampling. I can’t tell you any more, but needless to say it’s not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers.”

We’re not surprised that the approach to samples will change. That’s to be expected. However, the greatest takeaway is that they’re not gone forever!

What Else Will Change at Costco?

To start, Costco is reopening its food courts, too. That means the $1.50 hot dog and soda deal is back, though you’ll have to order food to go. Costco is also requiring all members to wear a full-face covering while shopping at the warehouse. These decisions were put in place to keep employees and members safe, which is the most important thing.

If you’re looking for a reason to visit Costco again (aside from the free samples), check out their premade strawberry margaritas. That should get your summer started on the right foot!

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