Costco Takes It Slow

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. here is taking its international expansion slowly. The membership-club operator ranks 8th on SN's list of global food retailers (see Page 14). Of its 146 locations outside the United States (including 31 operated through a joint venture in Mexico), 76 are in Canada, 20 in the U.K., eight in Japan, six in South Korea and five in Taiwan. The company plans to open

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. here is taking its international expansion slowly.

The membership-club operator ranks 8th on SN's list of global food retailers (see Page 14). Of its 146 locations outside the United States (including 31 operated through a joint venture in Mexico), 76 are in Canada, 20 in the U.K., eight in Japan, six in South Korea and five in Taiwan. The company plans to open its first store in Australia later this year.

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