Bellingham Residents Want Costco to Post Shopping Hours for Americans

A Facebook page that asks the Costco in Bellingham, WA to create a ‘special time just for Americans’ has created a stir in the Canadian and US media. According to the Bellingham Herald, the president of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ken Oplinger, has conducted a dozen news interviews with Canadian and US news outlets over the past few days.

The Facebook page, called Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans, has allegedly been posted to let Bellingham residents “rant about how horrible Bellingham Costco is to its Founding customers,” according to the Facebook page itself.

The page claims that the Bellingham Costco is overcrowded, with little to no parking availability, traffic congestion and long lines. The Facebook page is allegedly not asking for Canadians not to be allowed to shop at Bellingham’s Costco, but it claims to want “change so we can better accommodate our Canadians neighbors and our own shopping situations.”

The page, which started on July 19, 2012, according to Facebook, has well over 3,700 likes as of Monday afternoon.

According to the Bellingham Herald, Oplinger, president of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, has attempted to contact the unknown creator of the controversial Facebook page. Oplinger told the Bellingham Herald he hopes the page can be changed or removed entirely.

According to Canada’s CBC News website, the Bellingham Costco says they would like to be able to expand their store and offer more gas pumps for all its customers. CBC News also states that the stronger Canadian dollar makes shopping for items like gas and dairy products appealing for those living just across the border in Canada.

–contributed by Tama Fulton


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