COSTCO IN THE CITY

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here is going urban.In an attempt to find a niche for its warehouse clubs in densely populated areas with limited real estate, Costco is about to start testing a new "city-store" format that will carry only food and sundry items and operate in less than half the space of Costco's sprawling prototype.The first experimental city stores will open in Manhattan

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here is going urban.

In an attempt to find a niche for its warehouse clubs in densely populated areas with limited real estate, Costco is about to start testing a new "city-store" format that will carry only food and sundry items and operate in less than half the space of Costco's sprawling prototype.

The first experimental city stores will open in Manhattan in New York City sometime in 2002, Jeff Brotman, Costco chairman, told SN

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