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You wrote, I have to wonder if this varies by store (and manager). My regular Costco has a pretty static layout. Left = pharmacy, meds, pets, foods, paper products. Right = TVs/electronics, office goods, home goods, auto/sporting goods. Center = snacks/candy, clothing, media, and seasonal items. Back = fridge/freezer cases, meats, produce, bakery.

The documentary on Costco was in part an interview with the CEO. I think it's company policy. With that said, I don't think they move the general areas much. For instance in mine, the electronics are just as you come in; household goods are to the right; clothes are in the middle in front of the seasonals; produce in the cooler in back-right; bakery next to the cooler; meat in the middle-back; prepackaged refrigerated and frozen goods in the back left coolers; drinks, pasta, sauces, etc on the left as you move back toward the front; pharmacy products toward the left-front; snack foods and "health" foods toward the center-front. However they move things around inside those broad categories all the time.

For instance, I buy Kirkland's version of vita-water. Its almost never in the same place twice. Same with Quaker oats. Household goods are the same. Even the prepackaged foods in the smaller coolers get shuffled from time to time. I had a hell of a time finding the frozen salmon patties the other day - they'd moved it to an end-cap. Only the bakery and a few other items seem fixed.

Its not enough to drive me insane. It's just a little frustrating at times. But clearly they're doing it for a reason and it seems to work.

- Joel
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