Costco's Food Court Already Made a Major Change in 2024

Few fandoms are as rabid as Costco's. Costco members are unique in their ability to find suppliers, wear Kirkland Signature gear, and clear shelves of their favorite snacks.

Costco's food court, home of the $1.50 hot dog, receives the most support (which isn't surprising given that founder Jim Sinegal allegedly told a new CEO, "If you raise the effing hot dog, I will kill you.")

Costco fans care about the food court, whether they're looking for new things or hacking old ones. Just browse the /Costco Reddit topic to confirm.

That's why the current Reddit thread about Costco food court access has thousands of comments. What you need to know.

The user posted on Reddit that they saw a sign in their local Costco warehouse announcing new food court restrictions and who may visit.

It said, "Effective April 8, 2024, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court."

This is the latest Costco policy enforcement to counteract social media trends showing how to shop without a membership.

With this strategy, it makes sense to presume all food court shoppers are members. Costco clearly considers this restriction necessary.