MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: A general view of Costco signage in Docklands on August 04, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.  Retail stores across Melbourne will close to customers as further stage 4 lockdown restrictions are implemented in response to Victoria's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The new rules, which come into effect at 11:59 on Wednesday 5 August, will see the majority of retail businesses like clothing, furniture, electrical and department stores will be closed to the public for the duration of the stage 4 restrictions. Businesses will be able to operate click and collect services with social distancing and contactless payments. Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, news agencies and post offices will remain open during the lockdown. Melbourne residents are subject to a curfew from 8pm to 5am, must stay within a 5km radius of their homes along with limits on hours of exercise, while all students will return to home learning and childcare centres will close. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
The Best Time In The Week To Shop At Costco
By Stacie Adams
When planning a visit to Costco, a little forethought can help you beat the crowds for a fast and efficient shopping experience. Mondays, Fridays, and weekends tend to be the busiest days at the store, as shoppers purchase groceries for the entire week, get what they need for the weekend, or shop on their days off.
Your best bet is to plan a midweek visit as, from Tuesday to Thursday, shopping during the afternoon between 3 and 5 pm is best in terms of capacity. Hitting Costco during this time not only lets you sidestep the lunch rush but also allows you to avoid the after-work crowds that go shopping once their 9-to-5 workday ends.
If these times don't work for you, you can also plan a visit approximately one hour before the store closes on weekdays. Keep in mind that closing hours can vary between stores, so it's best to verify the hours for your location via the Find a Warehouse page on the Costco website.