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Costco Border War: Americans Demand Canadian Free Shopping

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A Costco border war has recently started over a store that sits just south of the Canada border in Bellingham, Washington.

The Costco in Bellingham receives a lot of traffic from both Canadian and American customers which leads to overcrowding at the store. According to the “Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans” Facebook page, this problem could be solved by expanding the store. But city officials apparently have a rule against big box companies expanding after they’ve already been established.

The Facebook page reads:

“Costco and other big box companys in this area need to be allowed to expand or move to larger areas. Bellingham Coscto is in the top ten profitable Costcos but is still top ten smallest stores.”

And since the store can’t expand to accommodate both Canadian and American customers, a Costco border war has started on Facebook.

American customers have suggested that Costco ban Canadians or that they set up special “American Only” shopping hours. The suggestions have been deemed as racist attacks by Canadian shoppers who say they have every right to shop at the Bellingham store.

CrossBorderShopping.ca webmaster Henry Tenby told CNews that many Canadians cross the border to save money on grocceries.

Tenby said:

“We shop regularly in the States, especially for groceries. I can advise that organic goods are pretty much the same cost as regular goods… On average, you’re looking at saving about 50% in terms of groceries.”

What do you think? Should Costco set up “american only” hours? American shoppers seem to think so and so do Canadian businesses.

Shafiq Jamal of the Retail Council of Canada said: “By shopping at home, Canadians support their economy and community.”

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55 Responses to “Costco Border War: Americans Demand Canadian Free Shopping”

  1. Ralph Ash

    Costco is a business and one of the goals of business is to make money. Does anyone really think Costco is going to turn people away? Everybody on this continent is an American be they residing in Canada, the states, Mexico, etc. If a business is going to discriminate against Canadians, who's next? Illegal aliens? Give me a break!

  2. Ralph Ash

    Costco is a business and one of the goals of business is to make money. Does anyone really think Costco is going to turn people away? Everybody on this continent is an American be they residing in Canada, the states, Mexico, etc. If a business is going to discriminate against Canadians, who's next? Illegal aliens? Give me a break!

  3. Michael Quinn

    People actually suggested shopping hours for Americans only. What idiots! And I hate to tell you Costco is busy because it's COSTCO! I live in CA and tried to go there a month ago. OMG, getting onto the main aisles through the store is like getting onto a freeway! It was insane and sooo nerve racking! So just deal with it if you like shopping there and don't be bigoted about it.

  4. Robert Filzbock

    The more money Costco makes the better it is for everyone!
    Bellingham which consists of a wealthy community just doesn't have patience it seems.
    That's really a shame when one has to walk further than usual to a parking space…eh. Lol

  5. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Stop bitching about the Canadians shopping at your store, Bellingham! These Canadians are doing you all a favor by spending their money here. Without their money, your economy would suck. So STFU and get over yourselves! No wonder the world thinks we are phucking retards.

  6. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Yeah, seriously. Stupid Americans. WTH?! How are you seeing this anyway? I hide all my away from facebook shit from all my friends.

  7. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Yeah, seriously. Stupid Americans. WTH?! How are you seeing this anyway? I hide all my away from facebook shit from all my friends.

  8. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Oh. You have to uncheck that microscopic box……………..

  9. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Oh. You have to uncheck that microscopic box……………..

  10. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Oh. You have to uncheck that microscopic box……………..

  11. Kari Seals

    Stuff in Canada is so expensive especially booze.. and now that Costco is selling it in their stores I am sure there are tons of Canadians heading to the border to buy cheap booze… It is nearly double what you would pay here… we went to a Liquor store that is in a pub and they said that they sell Bud light for $54 for a 24 case! That much for Piss water! Crazy.. and they do not have any decent beer there at all.

  12. John Lamsma

    You'd think Bellingham would allow Costco to expand–it would give the city more taxes with a bigger building. Makes sense to me. Having time for US resident only is not worth a response.

  13. Eric Robert

    I wonder when I'm supposed to shop. I'm a Canadian but have lived and worked in the USA for 30 years. I served in the US military for a few years and pay my taxes here. Since I'm not "American", when should I shop? What idiots! Do I have to come on the Canadian day? What about a Russian or a German? What days do they shop? Since my wife is Irish, can we shop on the same day or do we have to go separately? So many questions, so few answers.

  14. Lloyd Martinez

    LOL Americans cross the Southern Border for the same exact reasons…now the Hypocrisy is spilling down from Washington D.Ceit to the rest of the Country.

  15. Teri McChuckles DeGraff

    Yes Kari, this is true. I don't blame Canadians for trying to save a bit of money by purchasing goods from us. Let them.

  16. William Sinclair

    OK with me as long as Americans can get health care in Canada. Everybody knows their system is better.

  17. Luke Gibson

    I think we should demand Canadians stay off the freeways during rush hour, all those millions of Canucks taking up space on our freeways, eh?!……. :)

  18. Anonymous

    I say Americans Only may not be such a bad deal. Let's start with the Chinnoks, The Cowlitz, the Nez Perce The Umatilla The Walla Walla and the Yakima and we will see how that work out.

  19. Tim Slack

    Canadian is a Race? Seriously people come up with a new excuse for your problems because as soon as you play the race card youve lost.

  20. Anonymous

    Can't believe the shortsightedness of the Washington residents. Canadians come to Washington to spend their money and pay Washington state sales tax and they're complaining? They are building a Costco in Knoxville, and I want all Canadians to know they are more than welcome to come and shop there. Kentuckians, Virginians, North Carolinians, and Alabamans too, for that matter!

  21. Anonymous

    Along the Spic border, the spics all drive up here constantly to shop at the stores. They're incredibly rude and refuse to speak english. They'd rather insult you in Spicese. Most of them don't realize I speak fluent Spicese just to catch them doing this. If the spics can crawl all over us like roaches, the Canadians are welcome at any American store they want to visit as far as I'm concerned. At least they speak English.

  22. John Gibson

    Well, we all know how pushy and obnoxious Canadians can be. First it was the Mexicans in Arizona and now the Canucks. Next I hear the Eskimos are planning on shopping in Nome. Why don't those people just go home. Oh, because they are home. Americans have too much time on their hands. Did anyone ask Costco if they mind the extra income?

  23. Andrew Moore

    yep, my thoughts exactly, nothing wrong with the Canadians they are decent people, Mexicans aren't so much, sometimes they can be, but mostly just freeloaders

  24. Kelly Silva

    I live in Bellingham and if it wasn't for the Canadians shopping here our economy would be in the gutter, and the city of Bellingham is going to allow Costco to build a larger building.I welcome them spend your money here.

  25. Kelly Silva

    I live in Bellingham and if it wasn't for the Canadians shopping here our economy would be in the gutter, and the city of Bellingham is going to allow Costco to build a larger building.I welcome them spend your money here.

  26. Kelly Silva

    I dont think that is true, they come down here to Bellingham to have sugerys they would other wise have to wait months if not years for becuase of the long waiting lists due to their medical

  27. Kelly Silva

    I dont think that is true, they come down here to Bellingham to have sugerys they would other wise have to wait months if not years for becuase of the long waiting lists due to their medical

  28. David Alexander

    Being "racist" is the wrong use of the word in the story, being "Canadian" is NOT a race, it's a Nationality… The proper word to have used, would have been "Discriminatory"… And to think they hire "college graduates" to write this stuff… My, oh my…

  29. Joyce Collins

    guess it's okay for us to buy their drugs at a lower rate than in us, but they can't come here to buy our food just because it's cheaper, how dare them, unless their french canadians then forget everything I just said.

  30. Anonymous

    I agree that this a stupid request. But somebody explain to me how it's 'racist'. There's no such thing as a Canadian Race.

  31. Anonymous

    I agree that this a stupid request. But somebody explain to me how it's 'racist'. There's no such thing as a Canadian Race.

  32. Anonymous

    I agree that this a stupid request. But somebody explain to me how it's 'racist'. There's no such thing as a Canadian Race.

  33. Anonymous

    I agree that this a stupid request. But somebody explain to me how it's 'racist'. There's no such thing as a Canadian Race.

  34. Stephanie Beukenkamp

    First of all the reason they come here to find cheaper food is cause of the insane tax they are impossed upon in Canada -/ and why ?? Cause of universal health care —

  35. Stephanie Beukenkamp

    First of all the reason they come here to find cheaper food is cause of the insane tax they are impossed upon in Canada -/ and why ?? Cause of universal health care —

  36. Daniel McCreedy

    It's not how many people are in the store, it's their girth. Everybody knows Americans have an obesity problem. Costco needs to ban overweight people, regardless of nationality, during certain hours. Now, that ought to set off some fireworks. Hahahaha

  37. Ron May

    While we are at it why don't we go back to whites only stores, NOT! Typical of some Americans who think they are "special". And I'm American.

  38. William P Caloia Sr.

    At least the Canadians know the proper disposal of toilet paper. That is more than you can say for the Mexicans. Besides, you can cuss out a Canadian in English, but you have to know Spanish to cuss out a Mexican.

  39. William P Caloia Sr.

    (For those of you who do not live in a Mexican-infested area, they use toilet paper and throw it either in the waste can or on the floor next to the toilet.

  40. John Nathan Mininger

    Ok, the american only hours seem ridiculous to me but racist? Is Canadian a race? lol

  41. Crystal Cason

    Why not? Some of the big box stores have the first couple of hours for business and corporate customers only. This particular store can make the first couple of hours Americans only. Surely if you want to shop bad enough, you can get there when the store opens at the crack of 10a.

  42. Crystal Cason

    And if they can't expand, can they build another store on the next tract of land? Perhaps just for large items such as automotive, etc.