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Old 09-06-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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Now there's an irony. You're comparing Costco's difficult parking to IKEA, a store with such an unnavigable maze of a layout it would discourage even the brightest of rats
Which store is the one that has an unnavigable maze of layouts? They both seem to fit that build, imo.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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At least until the day when they will deliver to a residence because I just can't deal with their nightmare parking anymore, fortunately I have more money than time and I don't mind paying more for a pleasant experience overall, not just within the store.

Costco has done so much right, why can't their success begin with the moment you pull into the place? I arrive feeling good and enjoying my day, I leave with a migraine and a mood that would put Charles Manson to shame. Never again!

They need to take a lesson or two from Ikea, now that's a place that knows how to design parking or at least come up with a system that worked for them.
It is a nightmare here too, I was nearly assaulted by a very elderly lady when I missed seeing her waiting for the same space I parked in, she jumped out of her car cussing like a crazy person, I do think she would have hit me if I had not agreed to give her the spot.

They could use a shuttle to drive us from the back parking area, it seems Miles from the store but yeah, one of the most stressful things here is the dreaded Costco parking lot!!! Hate it!
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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You could park an Excursion in the spaces by us, and people have!
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:25 PM
 
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Costco has done so much right, why can't their success begin with the moment you pull into the place?
If you're refereeing to the diagonal entry with segregated parking areas blocked from free movement by physical barriers, that cause the lane in front of the store to become a funnel point for traffic and pedestrians, and creating multiple handicap parking stalls instead of a consolidated area; Costco is well aware the hassles it presents. The designs were conceived way back when and just became a trademark of their stores.

As an FYI, Costco customers are loyal to the brand like Starbucks and In-n-Out burger customers are. They accept these hardships as an entrance fee to some exclusive club. You will be hard pressed to find them say anything negative.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:19 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Parking is always a problem at Costco around here.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Around here, Costco doesn't own their buildings or parking lots. It's hard to hold them accountable.
It could be hard to find them at fault, it is very easy to hold them accountable. They are not the same thing. This misunderstanding of the meaning of words is part of why NJ is such a train-wreck of a state.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I think it's the commercial land owner at your location that's the problem, not Costco themself. Costco may have done better due diligence if you find the spaces too tight, etc. and just not build there, but they aren't the ones drawing the lines. The location may have been the largest available to them and the best for consumer traffic.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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The Costco in our area has indoor parking that is large, the spaces are bigger and spaced better and the area for carts is easy to access, and you don't have to walk more than a few feet to put your cart there.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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At a point any store can run into problems once it gets too big and parking problems is see not worth it;among other things. Its why many box stores limit size and often build to serve at multiple stores and why shopping centers have started to fail. There will always be people who like warehouse large stores tho just as there are people who like to shop even when not buying much for the time spent.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Interesting the OP has not come back to explain what exactly was so very annoying that he/she refuses to shop there anymore. Not to mention what about IKEA's parking lot is so great that it should be a model. Our IKEA parking lot is just...a parking lot - well a parking garage. Other than that, nothing really stands out to make it more special than any other parking lot as far as I've noticed.

On the other hand, if she is not shopping there any more than perhaps it lessens the crowd at her local Costco, thus making it more pleasant for someone else. Win-win.
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