Twin Cities Costco members will have an alternative later this month, when the Costco Business Center opens in Northeast Minneapolis.
The warehouse club confirmed that the new store at 3311 Broadway St NE, just off of I-35W, opens its doors at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.
Costco Business Centers are aimed primarily at small business owners, offering a selection of wholesale-priced fresh food, groceries and office supplies.
However, any Costco member can shop there, and more than 70 percent of the items sold there you won't find in a regular Costco.
What's the difference between the two?
Regular Costco stores tend to be more of a one-stop-shop a la Walmart and Target – albeit with bulk food and supplies – whereas Costco Business Centers are a little more focused.
You won't find clothing, electronics, toys, gardening supplies, outdoor recreation equipment, home decor, jewelry or books at a Costco Business Center, for example. You also won't find a bakery, food court (boo) or liquor store (boo x 2).
Business Centers cater for small offices and restaurants, among other companies, and has an array of commercial appliances, industrial cleaning supplies and office products.
But family shoppers can still find fresh, frozen and dried food options – some of which you can't get at a regular Costco.
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This might be the place to head if you're having dozens of people over for a barbecue, as it sells meat in some pretty spectacular quantities.
Because vending machine suppliers are among its customers, Frugal Shopper notes that you're likely to find a wider selection of snacks and drinks – and these can be in even greater quantities than you'll find at a regular Costco.
Business Centers tend to be less busy than your regular Costco, which is great news for anyone who has shopped at Costco on a Saturday afternoon.
But their hours are also slightly shorter, opening from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It's closed entirely on Sundays.