These Are the Nation's Highest-Rated Costco Stores

All Costcos are amazing, but they aren't all created equal according to this survey.

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Costcos are incredible spaces. You can find sofas, massive containers of thousands upon thousands of cheese puffs, a 48-count box of muffins, and an inflatable paddleboard all in the same warehouse. Before doomsday preppers, there were just diligent moms making sure the pantry always had enough snacks to nourish an entire soccer team. But even though every Costco is amazing in its own right, some states have better stores than others according to a new report from Finance Buzz.

“We surveyed more than 6,000 Costco shoppers to create our store rankings. Survey respondents were asked to identify which of the more than 550 Costco locations across the United States they shop at most frequently,” the report states.

Shoppers ranked each store on a 10-point scale in six categories: Cleanliness, Friendliness, Stock, Quality of samples, Quantity of samples, and Parking lot quality/parking availability. Then, those scores were totaled up by state and the states with the highest-scoring stores were determined. Based on this ranking, South Carolina came out on top with the biggest number of high-scoring Costcos. In the bottom of the top 10 was Washington.

Courtesy of Finance Buzz
Courtesy of Finance Buzz
Courtesy of Finance Buzz

Overall, it’s a pretty comprehensive analysis of the nationwide chain. The only states without at least one Costco are Maine, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wyoming. While the top 10 states have an average score from all Costcos in the state, Finance Buzz also identified the top five scoring Costcos in the country. These top stores don’t entirely correspond with the state-by-state ranking. Below are the five highest-rated Costcos in the US:

1. Cumming, Georgia
2. Kansas City, Missouri (N Kansas City Warehouse, NW 88th Street)
3. San Antonio, Texas (NW San Antonio Warehouse, UTSA Boulevard)
4. Centerville, Ohio
5. Houston, Texas (Galleria Warehouse, Richmond Avenue)

You can check out the complete report from Finance Buzz on the company’s website.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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