When Is Costco Closed in 2018? Everything You Need to Know About Costco’s Hours

Costco is one of America’s favorite stores. People can’t get enough of the low prices, vast selection, and generous return policy. But one thing they may not love is big-box retailer’s limited hours.

Unlike chains like Walmart, which often keep stores open 24/7, Costco opens relatively late and closes early. Most stores don’t open their doors until 10 a.m., and locations close as early as 6 p.m. on some days. And if you want to run in and pick up a mega-pack of hot dog buns or a case of beer before you head to your Labor Day barbecue? Forget about it.

Costco’s holiday hours

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Costco | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

These days, most retailers celebrate Labor Day by offering customers discounts, not giving workers a day off. But not Costco. Labor Day is one of seven holidays when the chain shuts its doors. That’s unusual. Though many retailers are closed on major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, few shut down as often as Costco.

All Costco locations are closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Rival Sam’s Club is also closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but is open on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

In the past, Costco has described its decision to close on major holidays as part of its commitment to its workers. “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that,” a Costco spokesperson told ThinkProgress in 2014.

When does Costco open?

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A couple make their way toward the entrance of a Costco | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Not closing on holidays and embracing longer hours might help bring more people into Costco’s stores, but the chain seems perfectly happy to keep things the way they are.

Here are the hours for most Costco warehouses:

  • Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some Costco stores do open before 10 a.m. Roughly two dozen Costco stores in California, plus one in Reno, Nevada, now welcome shoppers at 9 a.m. Costco gas stations also tend to have longer hours. Some open as early as 5:30 a.m. and do not close until 9:30 p.m. The tire service center opens as early as 7 a.m. in some locations. Unlike Sam’s Club, Costco doesn’t have early opening hours for those with a premium membership.

Hoping to beat the crowds on your next Costco trip? Insiders report that many Costco stores actually open 15 or 30 minutes before the posted time. “My location often opens at 9:45 even though it’s posted 10,” said Reddit user Narudatsu. “Unless we are extremely busy stocking we usually open 9:45. I mean if we’re all done cleaning up in the morning, there’s nothing really else to do. Might as well let people come in.”

Earlier in 2018, Costco also hosted a special shopping day for military members. On March 24, active duty military, veterans, and their families were able to shop two hours before the store opened. There’s no word yet on whether Costco will repeat the event for 2019.

Not being able to make an early-morning Costco run might frustrate members, but there’s a good reason for the shorter hours. The typical Costco is open for fewer than 70 hours a week, noted the Motley Fool, 100 fewer hours than the average Walmart. Fewer opening hours helps the chain keep labor costs under control, even while paying its workers one of the highest wages in retail. Workers start at $14 an hour, and it’s been named one of the best places to work in America.

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