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What Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983: photos




Costco is a staple of the big-box-store landscape. It’s been around for a while and has attracted a devoted flock of members thanks to its low prices and bulk sizes.

But the wholesale retailer’s origin story is a bit complicated. You see, modern-day Costco is actually the result of a 1993 merger between Price Club and Costco. Price Club kicked off in 1976, and Costco followed suit seven years later.

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Costco provided Business Insider with a number of photos of the company’s first warehouse.

These images provide a glimpse into what making a Costco run would’ve looked like back when Ronald Reagan was in the White House and “Maniac” was topping the Billboard charts.

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