|The Teterboro Costco will open for business at 8 tomorrow morning, but only to members. Tonight, members and non-members were invited to attend a party with food and non-alcoholic drinks, smoothies and iced coffee.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
You still can't get a great cup of coffee at the newest Costco Wholesale in New Jersey.
And the liquor store won't be stocking Costco's private label wines, French champagne or Italian prosecco.
A third disappointment is that you will have to go elsewhere to have your wheels aligned after landing a great deal on tires.
Yes. The Teterboro Costco is far bigger and brighter than the Hackensack warehouse, which closed tonight after 21 years.
But the new members-only warehouse store reminds you of the saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The location of the new store, across the street from a busy business airport, allows members to gawk at the millionaires and VIPs who come and go in sleek but noisy passenger jets.
Costco Wholesale, 2 Teterboro Landing Drive, Teterboro; 201-596-7001. Open 7 days.
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Where the jet set shops for deals
The Teterboro Costco has a larger Dairy, above, and more room devoted to fresh produce, below.
|Sunset-brand sweet peppers and tomatoes are grown in hothouses.|
The cold room with salads and other items is about four times the size of the one in the old store.
|Costco comes through with giant teddy bears.|
Tables with non-alcoholic drinks and food were set up throughout the Teterboro store tonight, above and below.
|Unfortunately, most of the food was aimed at meat eaters.|
Hummus, above, and raw vegetables, below, were among the few options for people who don't eat meat or poultry.
Among the store's seafood offerings is fresh wild-caught ahi tuna for $14.99 a pound.
There are many more tables and chairs in the new food court, but a cup of coffee still isn't available.
The Teterboro parking lot corrals are bigger, but the shopping carts aren't sheltered.
On the last day of business at the Hackensack Costco, above, shelves were noticeably empty, and I couldn't find a number of items on my list, including smoked wild salmon, pears, bananas and cage-free organic brown eggs.
Hackensack Costco members are accustomed to seeing merchandise stacked to the ceiling. Next year, the store will reopen as a Costco Business Center, catering to small businesses and other members, with delivery and cash and carry.