Shoppers adore Costco, and you probably assume yours is the same.
Any warehouse with $1.50 hotdog-soda lunches, inexpensive gas, and the finest roast chicken bargain in town wins our vote.
A recent study of more than 6,000 Americans shows that not all Costcos are the same. Some states have superior Costcos.
South Carolina's Costco ranked first in cleanliness, friendliness, stock, sample quality, sample amount, and parking. Connecticut, Tennessee, and Missouri followed Ohio.
The top-rated Costco in America isn't in any of those states, but in Georgia. The suburban warehouse in Cumming, one of 10 in the Atlanta region, achieved the country's highest score.
Even though people adore Costco, even the finest stores should provide more samples and better parking, according to shoppers.
Even the poorest retailers by state or area scored well. It's great because it shows the high standards Costco keeps its shops to, which helps explain why the warehouse club is so popular.
New York and Hawaii Costcos finished last. Even New York, which had the poorest results, achieved 45.1%.