Mar 5, 2024 - Business

Costco is making another big food court menu change

Costco food court menu board

Costco Wholesale is updating its food court menu. Photo: Kelly Tyko/Axios

A turkey sandwich is joining Costco's food court menu this week, replacing the roast beef sandwich that debuted last year, the company confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: The roast beef sandwich divided Costco fans on social media because of its $9.99 price, which costs more than the 18-inch food court pizza or six $1.50 hot dog combos.

  • The turkey sandwich is still one of the pricier menu items at $6.99, the same price as the rotisserie chicken Caesar salad.

The big picture: Changes to Costco's food court menu are rare and the sandwich switch follows the double chocolate chunk cookie dethroning the fan-favorite churro in January.

  • Richard Galanti, the wholesale club's chief financial officer, told Axios that the turkey sandwich should be rolled out completely to all U.S. locations this week.
  • "We added the big chocolate chip cookie, which has been a big hit," Galanti said. "That's merchandising but we haven't changed the $1.50 hot dog or the pizza."

Dig in: The new turkey sandwich has 900 calories and includes Swiss cheese, sliced oven-roasted turkey breast, sun-dried tomato spread and "mayo/mustard spread," according to the menu board.

  • Axios purchased the sandwich at a South Florida Costco and the sandwich weighed around 14 ounces.

Between the lines: Galanti also confirmed another change coming to some Costco food courts. Starting April 8, clubs with outside food courts will require membership cards to make a purchase.

  • "One of the challenges is that some of the food courts have gotten so busy, particularly if it's near some office buildings or construction sites," Galanti said. "We were getting member complaints."
  • It's not a change for clubs with inside food courts since member IDs are checked at the door, Galanti said.

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