NEW YORK (AP) – Costco Wholesale Corp. has announced the death of its co-founder and board chairman Jeff Brotman.

The warehouse club company said in a brief statement that Brotman died early Tuesday morning. The statement said the thoughts of Costco’s board, management and employees are with Brotman’s family. No other details were provided.

Brotman opened Costco’s first warehouse with Jim Sinegal in 1983 in Seattle. Based in Issaquah, Washington, the company now operates 736 warehouses around the world, including 511 in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.


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