Things Learned at Costco

Recently I have taken a side job at Costco in Regina, Sask. This is what I have learned:
At the end of the month
The store will be 30,000 Sq.ft. bigger than the current store
It will have wider isles
It will have more checkouts and more gas bar lanes
It will be adding 300 new items
The food courts will have chicken wings
There will be no alcohol sold
There’s bigger carts
The new Costco is one of the bigger stores in North America
Costco has only done one other move
YES, there will be more parking!

 

UPDATE:

The New Costco is open today November 2nd!

We started out with speeches and clapping the first customers through the doors.

The gentleman who opened the  Costco warehouse (520) 25 years ago was there to shut it down! Emotions were high. There were people who have been in that building for most of their lives.

The staff had no idea what to expect Nov.1. We had no Idea floor models would be put on sale. We had heard a rumour maybe meat and produce would be put on sale at about 3ish. Head office came in. Not even supervisors knew the whole plans for the day. They Started slashing prices at 2:30 and it was pandemonium. It was like Black Friday in the U.S.

 

 

Costco Facts for Regina:

– The Costco flowers come from Winnipeg and Columbia.
– Employees don’t get a discount
– When the store it closed employees have to wear safety vests because the forklifts have the right of way.
– The old Costco was the only Costco with a basement.
– If you see your cashier “doing a drop” it means the till has locked them out until they complete a transfer of money to the vault. *cool fact* The old store did its drops via a pneumatic tube system

– Our Costco donates “food waste” (food that’s not pretty enough, is missing an item, has 1 in a package that has gone bad etc.) to the food bank.
– When our location is “busy” it is a million dollar day.
– People come in at 4 a.m. to prepare for a day of shoppers. During the holidays, it’s running 24/7.
– Regina has 421 Staff members.
– The reason why we ask for your membership card way in advance is that most people have to look for their card and by the time it’s your turn to go through the check out we need your card to start. The cashiers are timed on their items per transaction. So they need the cards to make sure the lines are moving fast.
– If an employee can’t tell you exactly where something is, it’s because pallets are moved nightly.  We might not know exactly what we have on the floor as it is easy to sell out of an item in a day.

Regina sells the most pumpkin pies out of all the Costcos. This year (2018)  Costco sold over 11,000 in Thanksgiving week. The record for this store 12,500 on this week. The bakery for this week runs 24/7 with all the staff it can fit into the kitchen and will still sell out up to 3 times a day.

Coming from the Vanbelle Nursery in Abbotsford, Regina location is the #1 seller of fruit-bearing shrubs in western provinces (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, haskaps)

Our top sellers are chicken and beef.

 

What you’re not told:
– The people giving out samples don’t actually work for Costco.
– Bag your meat! There has been a lot of bloody accidents, literally. Save the back seat of your vehicle, the cashier and the bagger from getting covered in blood from the leaky meat.
– Pick up a box- Often times cashiers have no boxes because none have been delivered to the front. So if you’re shopping and you see one you like, grab it.
– Reusable bags drive us nuts- If you’re going to use them have them clean and ready, you wouldn’t believe the things we have found in them.
– Bag the Rotisserie chickens too. The condensate and spill chicken water everywhere in your vehicle. SAVE YOURSELF, GET A BAG!
– Leave the heavy things in the cart, you don’t want to lift them, neither do we.

Weird Facts:

– There are geese that nest every year in the old parking lot. They are mean, will chase members, and stop traffic. They are the Costco geese. They are usually by the tire centre. The seagulls aren’t much better.
– Costco said it sold 87 million rotisserie chickens last year. Thus, they have their own chicken farm.  The plant processes about 100 million birds per year, or about a quarter of Costco’s annual appetite.
– Costco has a poultry farm that produces one-third of all its chickens, raw or otherwise. Costco sells roughly 80 million on average of its rotisserie chickens per year.

 

Organic:

Costco has already made investments in the organic food space in the hopes of ensuring greater organic food supply in the future, according to the Seattle Times.

Gluten-free:
See some of the gluten-free items

Visit their:

Facebook Page

or website– Note** The store doesn’t carry everything that is online and online doesn’t carry everything in the store. The sales are often different as well.

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

Only Oats

100% Pure Oats. Uncontaminated. Celiac Safe!

Dedicated gluten-free facility. Produced through Purity Protocol.

Guaranteed less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten*


Avena Foods Limited is the industry’s leading producer of pure, uncontaminated, organic certified gluten-free oats through its Purity Protocol farm to table production model. 

Avena Foods Limited has an established network of over 90 gluten-free and Organic oat growers across the Canadian prairies and a dedicated gluten-free and allergen-free milling facility in Regina, SK.

The Purity Protocol is an industry benchmark process that is based on “Start Clean, Stay Clean” principles proven to produce certified gluten-free oats consistently at or below 5 ppm level that meet and surpass the gluten-free standards of the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization), GFCP (Gluten-Free Certification Program), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and Health Canada.

 * relative to Health Canada’s gluten-free threshold of 20 ppm 

All ONLYOATS products are produced through Avena Foods’ Purity Protocol, a unique ‘Farm to Table’ industry benchmark process that achieves consistent and superior quality gluten-free oats.

You can order online here:

 

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

ADDRESS:

316 1st Avenue East

Regina, Saskatchewan

S4N 5H2, Canada

CONTACT US:

info@myonlyoats.com

P: 306-757-3663

https://www.myonlyoats.com/

Italian Star Deli


You know them for their sandwich’s but did you know the Italian Star Deli carries gluten-free items as well?

 

When you visit the Italian Star Deli, you are truly parte della famiglia! So drop by anytime and we’ll help you find whatever your heart (and palate) may desire. Whether you’re looking for olive oil, speciality meats and cheeses, pasta, sea salt, vinegar, canned tomatoes or one of our famous mouth-watering paninis, you’re sure to find it and so much more at the Italian Star Deli.

At Italian Star Deli, we proudly offer a wide variety of ethnic speciality products. Italian, Greek, Polish, South African and Eastern European items pepper our shelves; if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, we’ll surely help you find it. Whether you’re seeking olive oils, speciality meats and cheeses, sea salts, kinds of vinegar, spices, pasta, canned goods, fresh artesian bread or a delicious handmade panini, you’re sure to find it all right here at the Italian Star.

Providing quality products since 1966.

(306) 757-6733
fax:(306) 757-7457
location:1611 Victoria Avenue,
Regina, SK S4P 0P8

twitter:@TheItalianStar
facebook:Italian Star Deli

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

Kristen’s Cultures



Nature’s Best Market is now carrying Kristen’s Cultures’ spicy Kombucha Mustard!

And they have samples. 😋

‘prō·bī·ô·tics:
friendly, gut-healing bacteria and yeast which:
-fight off the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast
-promote a healthy digestive system
-strengthen the immune system
-heal the gut by restoring gut flora (especially important after taking antibiotics!)

-detoxify your body, ridding it of toxins
-prevent and treat diseases

Fermented foods/drinks are superior to probiotic pills because they:

-cost less: generally, 1-2 bites/sips contain as many probiotics as a whole pill

-are more easily assimilated into your body because of their Real Food form

-contain plenty of vitamins, enzymes and healing acids as well as probiotics

Did you know that your body actually contains more bacterial cells than it does human cells?  Amazing!

Your gut contains about 3lb of bacterial cells, all of which are extremely important to your body’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being!

According to Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, “All disease begins in the gut.”

You need tons of probiotics to keep your immune system strong and able to fight off intruders, especially after taking antibiotics (which kill the good along with the bad).

Not only do probiotics balance out your gut, but they also help to detoxify your body, getting rid of toxins that have built up over the years, and help you to heal from various ailments with their amazing enzymes, healing acids and food-based vitamins.

Fermented foods/drinks are not only a delicious way to get probiotics into your body, but they are also cheaper and more readily assimilated into your body than probiotic pills are, because of their Real Food form.

Fermented foods/drinks are superior to probiotic pills because they:

-cost less: generally, 1-2 bites/sips contain as many probiotics as a whole pill

-are more easily assimilated into your body because of their Real Food form

-contain plenty of vitamins, enzymes and healing acids as well as probiotics

🍔 This is a simple, delicious way to incorporate important probiotics into your diet! Spread this old-style dijon on to your sandwich, burger, or pair with meat/fish. 🥪

Not only will your taste buds fall in love, but because your gut health affects your overall health, this mustard will help your immune system, digestion and much more. (Check out my website and Google to learn about the amazing benefits of probiotics.)

Call (306) 789-0351

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

 

UKRAINIAN CO-OP


YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP IN REGINA

Offering Meats, Sausages, and Groceries

“I just had the best gluten free perogies! I found them at the Ukrainian Coop. Boiled and then fried with butter and onions. You won’t be disappointed.”

 

 

 

WE TREAT EVERYONE LIKE FAMILY

Located in a rural town within Regina, SK, Ukrainian Co-op is the only store in the community where you can find quality meats, imported food, and Ukrainian products. We are a butcher shop, deli, grocery store, and boutique all rolled into one. Come in today and see what we have for you!

Our staff members are very knowledgeable about our products and can offer you recommendations if needed. They are on hand to assist you in everything that you may need. Every time you stop by, expect to have a shopping experience unlike any other.

“We Have a great selection of meat, sausage, perogies, cabbage rolls, imported foods and also a gluten free line. If you are looking for something specific just call the store 306-569-9510 and ask. Well gladly answer any questions.”

PROUDLY SERVING REGINA WITH MEATS AND SAUSAGES FOR 80 YEARS!

Voted Best Butcher Shop in 2016

Sausages are our forte. We have more than 70 varieties of sausages, and each one of them is made with real meat and prepared using high-quality ingredients. To bring out the unique flavours of our sausages, we use natural-burning wood to smoke them.

Do you need supplies for a fundraiser or charity event? We have fundraising options for meats and sausages. Schools can come to us to raise money for their activities.

If you want to place an order in advance, feel free to give us a call. We will have your items ready for pickup when you stop by.

 

For other gluten free options see our family restaurants,  19+Fine Dining, Coffee & Desserts or our Fast Food listings, or maybe you’re looking for a food truck.

 

 

http://www.ukrainiancoop.ca/

1805 Winnipeg St,

Regina, SK 

S4P 1G3 
TEL: 306-569-9510