Costco stores busy with shoppers as coronavirus panic heightens – Business Insider

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Foto: Reuters/Duane Tanouye
Costco shoppers line up outside a Costco store in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday.

  • Costco stores were overrun with shoppers over the weekend as customers stocked up on goods to prepare for the spread of coronavirus.
  • Photos and videos shared online show long lines of customers both outside and in various Costco stores.
  • Other images show bare shelves after customers stocked up with staple items.
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US and Canadian consumers are flocking to Costco stores to stock up as panic over the spread of the coronavirus intensifies.

Over the weekend, shoppers shared videos and photos of their local Costco stores on social media, documenting the giant lines of customers that stretched outside the store and across the car parking lot.

Many of these shoppers also shared pictures of the empty shelves in their local stores.

Here’s a look inside:

This Costco store in Tigard in Oregon had long lines on Saturday after Oregon’s first case of coronavirus was reported in the nearby city of Lake Oswego.

Foto: Source: AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus

By the time the photographer had visited the store, it was already out of key products such as toilet paper.

Foto: Source: AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus

A giant line formed outside a Costco store in Honolulu in Hawaii on Saturday after the Hawaii Department of Health advised residents to stock up on food and necessities earlier in the week.

Foto: Source: Reuters/Duane Tanouye

Source: Reuters

Retired telecommunications worker Duane Tanouye, who took photographs of the Honolulu Costco store that were shared by Reuters, said that the line outside the store was 200-people deep.

Foto: Source: Reuters/Duane Tanouye

He told Reuters that the store was limiting how much shoppers could buy of certain products such as toilet paper.

Foto: Source: Reuters/Duane Tanouye

Despite this, his photos show customers loading up their carts with giant quantities of these items.

There have been mixed messages about how to prepare for the spread of the virus. While Hawaii state advised customers to stock up, CDC director Robert Redfield told Congress on Thursday that it isn’t necessary to do so.


CoronaVirus In America

Panic Buying For Food!

At Costco in Sunnyvale California people are lining up for hours to get inside to buy large quantities of Food and other items for stockpile

This is fearmongering!#USA #America #US #Coronovirius #COVID19

— Shanteenna (@Shanteenna) March 1, 2020

Source: LA Times

But shoppers don’t seem to be taking Redfield’s advice…


#SoMe is ahead of #coronavirus facts – only 2 deaths in WA (vs 74 from normal flu)

One @Costco is right next to the HQ in a suburb of Seattle

Sold out of TP, water, wipes, bread, fighting for rice .1400 people at the open.

Reddit Thread.

— Sherry Reynolds 🌟 (@Cascadia) March 2, 2020

#Lunes | Comenzaron las compras de pánico en #NuevaYork después de que se detectara el primer caso de #coronavirus #Video afuera de Costco en #Brooklyn

— Grillo_Político (@Grillopolitics) March 2, 2020

The panic around the virus has created giant spikes in sales of certain items.


FYI. Costco out of Water, toilet paper, clorox wipes and tissue paper.#coronavirus

— 𝙶𝚒𝚖𝚘 𝙽𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚏𝚏 (@GimoNasiff) March 1, 2020

Source: Business Insider

According to Nielsen data, sales of toilet paper were up 5.4% in the week ending January 25 this year versus last year.


Bottle water, bath tissue and rice are running fast at the Bay Area #Costco because the #coronavirus is spreading in the local communities. #COVID19 #shopping #video #中文

— Jessie Liang (@JessieKTSF) March 2, 2020

And bottled water saw a 2.4% sales increase in the same period.


So my Costco is out of toilet paper and tissue. And eggs. Rice and canned tomatoes are also low. #CoronaVirusCanada #coronavirus #covid19

— ∆ vicki ∆ (@vickilaszlo) March 1, 2020

And because of the panic many of these staple items are out of stock in certain Costco stores…


In addition to a considerable lack of sliced bread, the @Costco in Carmel Mountain Ranch is also out of bottled water, Clorox wipes, flour, bagged rice, and toilet paper. @10News #coronavirus #COVID19

— Jared Aarons (@10NewsAarons) March 2, 2020

…leaving shelves in some parts of the store completely bare.


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