I needed to replenish some household supplies so on Sunday I went to Costco to load up.
I've noticed that Costco has cut down on the use of some of its floor space, eliminating some products and leaving vacant some space that was previously stocked with items.
On my way out I decided to check out the wine selection, as I usually do, since Costco usually has a wide range of good, highly rated wines, typically at discounted prices. I wanted to see what specials were being offered and it took me a few moments to realize that the wine department had been shrunk by half or perhaps even three quarters.
There used to be two or three “islands” of wines, with 40 or 50 different wines on each stand. But now there was only one stand. And except for Champagnes, nearly all of the wines were priced under $30, and many well under that.
I had half-expected the opposite, that in these economic times there would be an abundance of wines and deals. When I asked the manager why the reduced inventory, he said that they just weren't selling as much wine and that they wanted to reduce inventories. Same as the rest of us, I suppose, but it seemed odd if not a bit eerie that one of the nation's largest wine retailers had scaled back its wine department so drastically.
So, for those of you who buy wine at Costco and the like, have you noticed anything similar at your local venue?