Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational corporation that runs member-only retail chain stores. As of 2020, Costco was the fifth largest retailer in the world. As of 2016, it was the world’s largest retailer of selected and premium beef, organic products, grilled chicken and wine. Costco is based in Issaquah, Washington. But it does not stock liquor at all its stores. If you are wondering which Costco sells alcohol in NJ? Let’s explore
Corporations such as Costco can legally only have two New Jersey state liquor licenses per entity. Costco has liquor branches in its Wayne and Edison stores. It sells private-label Kirkland Signature wines and spirits.
Wayne & Edison – Costco
At the members-only warehouse, off of Route 23 in Wayne Towne Center, one can find everything from Spanish sangria to European wines to French champagne to fine tequilas. Still and sparkling wines sold under the Kirkland Signature brand are of high quality and affordable rates.
Furthermore, Edison‘s barn also has a state liquor license and a Costco-run liquor section inside the warehouse; as opposed to a private entrance liquor store run by a third.
Kirkland – Costco Private Label
Kirkland branded wines were first produced in 2003; followed by spirits in 2007 and then craft beer. A customer can now easily buy almost any liquor under Costco’s own label; for example,
- American and French vodka,
- and gin.
Kirkland 100-calorie boozy ice pops that are perfect for pool parties are also easily available at the stores.
Costco has an insanely customer friendly return policy for all its products—except booze. It is irrelevant if the bottle is still sealed or packed in the original form. Costco does not provide any kind of return or refund on any and all of its alcoholic products.
What is interesting is that many wine merchants (and wineries/boutiques) sell bottles of wine for up to 50% more than the wholesale price. Costco’s margins hover around 14%. This means that the price of the same bottle of wine purchased from Costco compared to any another retailer would vary drastically.
According to the law, it is actually illegal to require a membership for alcohol purchases in select states. Following is a list of states where one can purchase liquor at Costco without a membership:
Costco has 460 plus stores in the United States. The company sells:
- Wine at 373 locations in 40 states.
- Alcohol at 266 locations in 31 states.
- Beer at 405 locations in 41 states.
Stores in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, California, Washington, Florida, and Washington DC are particularly good at selling alcoholic beverages.
There are also rumors about Costco’s Kirkland alcohol being brewed and distilled by big name brands; such as,
- Kirkland beer being brewed by Gordon Biersch.
- Kirkland Scotch being distilled by either Alexander Murray or Macallan Distillery.
- Kirkland bourbon and rum being produced by Jim Beam.
- Kirkland vodka being made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
- Kirkland tequila being produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.
So the next time you are in a bind and want to know which Costco sells alcohol in NJ? Remember to visit the Wayne and Edison stores.
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