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Some Costco Locations Have This in the Parking Lot—Could More Be Coming?

These disappeared a decade ago, but are slowly coming back.

The Costco warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the biggest locations at 235,000 square feet, but a giant dairy room, full-sized roasting pigs and goats for sale, and thousands of bulk items aren't the only features it has. One of the perks the warehouse members also enjoy is out in the parking lot.

A Costco run can last minutes, but also hours, and conveniently the parking lot in Salt Lake City has several electric car chargers. This location is one of quite a few that feature these, which were prevalent starting almost 30 years ago but disappeared in 2011. Lately, though, members on social media say the charging stations are useful, and more should be available. (For more of what's happening at the warehouse near you, here are 6 Things You'll See at Costco This Year.)

A post went up recently on the Costco side of Reddit, showing several sets of two chargers for cars in the parking lot at the Torrance, Calif. warehouse.

Over 100 people commented, many of them noting that a location in their area also features these stations. Similar posts from 2021 reveal some locations in Virginia, New Jersey, San Diego, and other areas have them too. One Costco member even asked if others believe more parking lots will get them—and many answered yes, especially now that grocery shopping is getting more technical.

However, nearly a decade ago, Costco was already ahead of the trend. It started putting in electric car charging stations in the 1990s at many of its California warehouses, Green Car Reports said back in 2011. Yet at the time it decided to remove them with no apparent reason. Nowadays electric cars are hitting the market more and more, as sales for them hit record numbers in 2021.

Could this mean more Costco parking lots will see some charging stations put in? Time will tell. Until then, here are 6 Best Fridge Staples to Buy at Costco Right Now, Dietitians Say.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda