Costco is obviously known for its ability to deliver wholesale quantities of just about anything at low prices that make it affordable to buy a year's worth of Oreos in one trip. They're also known for being able to work in a free meal while shopping because of the insane amount of free samples scattered around the store, as well as the awesome hot dogs they have at their food court.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Costco closed down the food court, offering only pizza and hot dogs for carry-out only, and suspended all samples in the store.

As summer of 2020 progressed, the store slowly added popular menu items back to their carry-out menu. They also started to slowly resume samples in the form of individually packaged items, but not to the level that it was.


"It's going to take some time," Costco's Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told CNN "The food courts work. They're one of the things we're known for. We're pleased that they're coming back."

Where local regulations allow, seating in the Costco food courts will be allowed for members.

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For the samples, the stations will have a plexiglass barrier added to the tables to protect employees and customers.

Galanti said the first items on the docket are breakfast sandwiches, noodle dishes, and meatballs.

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Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This gorgeous home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4 car garage, an in ground pool with a 97 foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more. This is the listing of the house, according to the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website.

This property has a 4,499 square foot house, a detached lodge with full bar and garage/workspace/shop, and an in ground fiberglass pool with a 97 foot water slide and pool house .

This gorgeous home is located in the country and is just 2 minutes away from homey, beautiful, Bellevue, Iowa. 

It features many custom upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • All brick home
  • Granite countertops including 2 islands in the main kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Beverage cooler
  • Maple and bamboo hardwood floors
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Large master suite
  • Walk-in closets
  • Full kitchen in the basement
  • 3 dishwashers
  • Large walk in pantry
  • Large dining room area
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Mud room/ locker area off the garage
  • Office
  • Large windows that allows natural lighting.

The property also includes a detached garage/lodge/bar/shop area that 3,440 square foot and all brick. The garage/lodge also has many customs upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Living and dining area
  • Full bathroom
  • Storage area that is currently used as a hunting lodge
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Full bar entertainment area with stage that seats 50 plus people
  • Additional garage area that can used for multiple purposes including shop area, boat storage, etc. 

And of course this home has a gorgeous in ground pool and gorgeous outdoor space. The in ground fiberglass pool is salt water and 16' x 40' and a kiddie pool/ tanning ledge that is 8' x 16' and an automatic pool cover. The pool also includes a basketball hoop. A large concrete deck overlooks the pool area where the 97 foot water slide begins. 

There is a pool house too that includes a half bathroom, storage area, pool equipment room, full bar with ice machine, beverage coolers, stainless steel sinks, and concrete bar. A large built in pergola sits on the tanning deck which provides cooling shade. The pool is surrounded by concrete that creates space for many entertainment options. 

See what this gorgeous, $2.5 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below!