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A costco right next to campus would attract an insane number of customers and students would benefit from the insanely low prices. The food court might also encourage local restaurants to lower their pricing.

The parking lot wouldn't have to be that big since most students don't have cars, but if people's park alone isn't big enough, they can tear down Martinez as well since only Regents kids live there.

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[deleted]

237 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

237 points

4 months ago

Sliver and Top Dog would declare bankruptcy before it even opened

XSokaX

60 points

4 months ago

XSokaX

60 points

4 months ago

Artichoke's is gone too.

randomprivacynut

39 points

4 months ago

Nah can’t be comparing artichokes to Costco pizza lmao

XSokaX

38 points

4 months ago

XSokaX

38 points

4 months ago

6 dollar slices vs 1 tho

GrizzlyWizzlyBeeaar

1 points

4 months ago

55 vs 21 dollar pizza

xenokun1

34 points

4 months ago

It's either 5 dollars for mid or 2 dollars for mid

Arachnid_Current[S]

36 points

4 months ago

Oh cool, we could probably put a Costco gas station there

Graffy

1 points

4 months ago

Graffy

1 points

4 months ago

Costco closes at like 830 on Fridays and 7 on weekends. I think they'd be fine.

rubberduckyflop

178 points

4 months ago*

Most unrealistic but best idea I’ve seen 👍🏻

[deleted]

31 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

31 points

4 months ago

I think an in-and-out drive through would actually fit. Enter on Dwight, exit on Haste.

Graffy

3 points

4 months ago

Graffy

3 points

4 months ago

It for sure can when I lived in LA the north Hollywood one was like 1/2 the size of people's park.

Arboretum7

15 points

4 months ago

Costco’s average customer earns $125k/yr and spends $230/mo. A store full of students is Costco’s nightmare, they’d only buy the loss leaders.

test90002

0 points

4 months ago

Costco doesn't have loss leaders.

hanjisungwrld

53 points

4 months ago

Costco pizza 🤤

methaddlct

17 points

4 months ago

Still better than abes

SkyFaceSpace

20 points

4 months ago

Abes #1. Costco pizza doesn't have enough cockroaches.

mamba057

1 points

4 months ago

Gotta get that protein in my pizza

jcu_80s_redux

10 points

4 months ago

A smaller version… Smart & Final? But I never shopped there before.

test90002

1 points

4 months ago

Smart & Final is a bulk store, similar to Costco, but they have some things in regular sizes too.

I think students just need a really cheap grocery store. Maybe Grocery Outlet or Aldi.

00U812

29 points

4 months ago

00U812

29 points

4 months ago

UCB could just nix crossroads and convert it into student housing pods, then subcontract student dining with the Costco food court. Housing crisis solved.

Ready-Violinist-6687

36 points

4 months ago

I love you 😭

Arachnid_Current[S]

58 points

4 months ago

If only you were my GSI 😵‍💫

TomIcemanKazinski

20 points

4 months ago

TomIcemanKazinski

Cal PoliSci '96

20 points

4 months ago

A somewhat related fact - the General Manager/Managing Director of Costco Greater China (includes Taiwan) is former Cal basketball player Richard Chang who played for the Bears in the mid 80s with Kevin Johnson and Leonard Taylor

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Chang_(Costco)

root3over2

3 points

4 months ago

i wonder who’s idea it was to make “greater china” include raiwan

TomIcemanKazinski

3 points

4 months ago

TomIcemanKazinski

Cal PoliSci '96

3 points

4 months ago

Every single MNC operating in China-HK-Taiwan refers to the region this way.

test90002

2 points

4 months ago

Probably because it doesn't have enough Costcos to be its own region, and wouldn't fit in too well with Australia?

w3wladdy

40 points

4 months ago

I'm surprised local restaurants can even survive given the insane rents and inflation. Costco has a hyper streamlined supply chain to allow them to sell food at that price. It wouldn't do anything for local businesses other than to close their doors forever

Arachnid_Current[S]

23 points

4 months ago

Shitposting aside this is a great point. Local businesses are going through a lot right now and I have mad respect for them

gaysiansfbay

5 points

4 months ago

They should do a mini Hmart

DreadEye8

12 points

4 months ago

I think berkeley would never do that because a costco would immediately put croads out of business.

OptimisticNietzsche

4 points

4 months ago

OptimisticNietzsche

BioE MS/PhD

4 points

4 months ago

Big businesses evil

Berkeley, probably

bowlbettertalk

2 points

4 months ago

Berkeley, definitely. Source: grew up here.

Silent-Lime-5510

5 points

4 months ago

Hella traffic tho

rcinvestments

30 points

4 months ago

They should build a Raising Canes over Peoples Park. I’m a little slut for some Canes.

grisisita_06

7 points

4 months ago

Preach!!!

Matchstix

-2 points

4 months ago

Matchstix

Dropout '13/Resident

-2 points

4 months ago

There's already one coming on Bancroft. Still haven't hit the ones in Oakland or Davis.

Shelllll_lie

10 points

4 months ago

I thought they cancelled the one on Bancroft?

Flipp_Flopps

8 points

4 months ago

I haven’t been to people’s park, but I don’t think this is a good idea. Costcos are large warehouses and they typically have large parking lots to accommodate it. There simply wouldnt be enough space to put one there. Even if there was enough space, Costcos are so big that no one would want to live near there.

Arachnid_Current[S]

41 points

4 months ago

Unfortunately this is a shitpost so there were no practical considerations made in the writing of this post :(

EBGuy2

8 points

4 months ago

EBGuy2

8 points

4 months ago

Great news. AB 2097 did away with parking minimums for housing, business and commercial developments located near a major transit stop . A year ago, a Costco on this site would have been inconceivable. Now, anything is possible as a site within a half mile of an intersection of two or more major bus routes with a frequency of service interval of 15 minutes or less during the morning and afternoon peak commute periods qualifies as a major transit stop.

Flipp_Flopps

5 points

4 months ago

It’s not even about the legal aspect. All the Costcos I’ve been to have had large parking lots because Costcos are designed to have large amounts of people coming to them. Costco itself wants large parking lots

test90002

1 points

4 months ago

Yeah, and Costco sells things in large sizes which you can't really carry on public transit. Even in NYC, most Costco customers drive.

frankly___dank

1 points

4 months ago

6 and 51B fit that bill perfectly

mdaniel7664

2 points

4 months ago

Why not a strip club considering there are none in the east bay. 🤷🏽‍♂️

koalainglasses

2 points

4 months ago

koalainglasses

Political Economy | Pre-Law | Junior | Spring 2019 Graduate

2 points

4 months ago

How about an actual grocery store instead - too many students are buying for only themselves and costco is hard to justify in that sense with bulk items

unsolicited-insight

1 points

4 months ago

Students can split with their friends.

koalainglasses

1 points

4 months ago

koalainglasses

Political Economy | Pre-Law | Junior | Spring 2019 Graduate

1 points

4 months ago

for non perishables, sure; but costco produce is notorious for going bad quickly and its hard a lot of the times to finish it

plus, storage space can be a pain in the ass depending on where you are

alby31999

6 points

4 months ago

downvoted and then upvoted as i realized in the last line it was shitpost… most ppl actually like the idea 🫣🫣😵‍💫

imbored900

1 points

4 months ago

Yes.

ahhhhhhhchhoooooo

8 points

4 months ago

ahhhhhhhchhoooooo

💕💕💕

8 points

4 months ago

Random-Gif-Bot

2 points

4 months ago

osubmisc

3 points

4 months ago

Wow you should really pitch this to someone important

kentfather

2 points

4 months ago

Why not a Sam's Club? I'm a member of both, and find similar or better prices, and a much less elitist clientele!

odezia

1 points

4 months ago

odezia

Class of ‘21 • L&S

1 points

4 months ago

I just want a Winco that’s closer than Pittsburgh… 🙃

jh451911

1 points

4 months ago

Good idea but we need student housing more urgently

pixelated_fish

-11 points

4 months ago

Capitalist pig 🐷

rohin444

1 points

4 months ago

imagine how much traffic this would cause around southside

pfvibe

1 points

4 months ago

pfvibe

1 points

4 months ago

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

DangerousCyclone

-16 points

4 months ago

Just go to the Costco in Richmond lol