Here’s What Costco Looks Like In Anchorage, Alaska

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Costco is a glorious place. We all know this, right?

(And nope — this isn’t sponsored by Costco. I just love it, OK?? 🙃)

But all Costcos are a little bit different in terms of what they sell. For example, you can pick up bakery platters of chocolate crepes at Costco Paris — or bulk sashimi at Costco Japan.

I knew the differences were most obvious at Costco’s international locations — but I’d never really thought much about the differences between Costcos across America.

One place where that’s apparent? Costco Alaska.


Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images, Mariah Osborne Krueger

Mariah Osborne Krueger recently posted a virtual tour of her local Anchorage Costco on Facebook. And I, for one, was low-key fascinated by it.

“Personally, Costco is my happy place,” Mariah told BuzzFeed. “I do most of my shopping there. Anytime someone asks where I got something, they usually answer it themselves by saying, “Nevermind! Probably Costco.”

As Mariah explains, even the warehouse setup of Alaskan Costcos is a bit different — with ultra-insulated walls and industrial heaters hanging from the ceiling.

They also sell a bunch of items that are Alaska staples. Here are some highlights:

1.

Bear spray


Mariah Osborne Krueger

Mariah sums up: “Spray and pray!!”

2.

Blackout curtains for Alaska summers — where there can be 20+ hours of daylight per day.


Mariah Osborne Krueger

As Mariah explains: During the summer in Anchorage, the sun sets at midnight and rises at 3 a.m. Alternatively, during the winter, there are only about four hours of daylight per day — and Costco sells S.A.D. lights instead.

3.

Wool socks year-round


Mariah Osborne Krueger

Even now in July — Alaska’s warmest month — average daily temperatures range from a low of 48° F to a high of 65° F.

4.

Float coats


Mariah Osborne Krueger

For boats! The jacket version of a life vest.

5.

Whole pigs for roasting


Mariah Osborne Krueger

I’m part-Filipina and my mind is kinda blown at the idea of whole roasted pig (or lechon, as we call it!) available at Costco. 🤯

6.

Tons and tons of fishing gear — including some you’d expect:


Mariah Osborne Krueger

Fishing rods, storage coolers, wading pants.

7.

And some you might not — like these huge salmon traps:


Mariah Osborne Krueger

“This is a dipnet trap used for scooping salmon out of the river,” explains Mariah. “It’s very unique to Alaska because it’s used for subsistence fishing only.”

8.

Lotta crabs, of course!

10.

A corner with propane tanks and a casual chainsaw:

11.

Tents galore:


Mariah Osborne Krueger

In the fall and winter, these will swap out for more seasonal outdoor gear — like trekking poles, snow shoes, make-shift carports, and sleds.

12.

And a ton of mosquito repellent:


Mariah Osborne Krueger

To fend off, as Mariah says, the Alaska state bird. 🦟

13.

A cracker called “Sailor Boy Pilot Bread”:


Mariah Osborne Krueger

“This is stale round cracker,” Mariah says. “It’s an Alaskan staple and the only state that the company ships to.”

14.

Fan-favorite ginger beer:

15.

And doomsday food with a shelf life of up to 25 years:

What’s the most interesting or super regional thing your local Costco sells? Share in the comments below!





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