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Costco offers exclusive shopping event for military and vets

Matt Saintsing
March 07, 2018 - 11:17 am

Costco, one of the country’s top three retailers, is famous for transforming a routine trip to the grocery store into a fun-packed warehouse adventure. Later this month, the wholesale conglomerate will salute active duty military, veterans and their family members with an exclusive shopping event before the doors open to the public. 

The popular retail chain announced on Facebook that a “Military Hour” will take place Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at 117 warehouse locations throughout the nation.

There’s even more incentive to arrive bright and early as the first 100 attendees will receive take-home bags filled with free goodies.

A military ID is required and you must be a Costco member to participate in the Military Hour, but, if you’re a veteran who doesn’t have a military or veteran ID, there’s still hope.

Any document proving your military service, like the coveted DD-214, can be used to participate in the special hour.

“We’ll take whatever the veteran has that proves their military service,” said Joel Quass, assistant manager at Costco Wholesale Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.—one of the locations participating in the Military Hour.

“We always want to provide the best service possible to our veterans,” he added.

Additionally, Costco is offering an exclusive new membership offer for military members who join Costco for the first time. And, they consider a "new member" as anyone who has not been a Costco member for at least 18 months.

To check to see if your local Costco is participating, go to