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The company's first location, opened in 1976 under the Price Club name in San Diego. Originally serving only small businesses, the company found it could achieve far greater buying clout by also serving a selected audience of non-business members. With that change, the growth of the warehouse club industry was off and running. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location was opened in Seattle. Costco Wholesale is now a multi-billion dollar global retailer with warehouse club operations in eight countries. Recognized as a leader in their field, dedicated to quality in every area of their business and respected for outstanding business ethics. Bringing members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.