A post on another chowhound board inspired me to extoll the virtues of Costco, especially our South Florida locations. Given the sorry state of affairs at our local and well loved Publix chain, I've turned to the bulk warehouse chain for items which are run of the mill in other parts of the country, but either ridculously expensive or non-existent in the peninsula. Marcona almonds for instance. These nuts from Spain blow away the local teardrop variety and go great with sherry (as Spanish food should). At markets around South FLA these nuts are as much as $18.00 a pound (and no, Publix doesn't carry them) but Costco has them for around $9 for a can. Niman Ranch meats, also either impossible to find or expensive as heck, Costco has meats and Niman Ranch sausage. Pate de foie gras during X-mas, Ranier cherries and gala melons in the summer, Copper River salmon right now.
So the question is how can a warehouse chain, whose priority is to sell the most common household items in bulk and at low prices, carry these "foodie" items while our local supermarket chain, which should be more in touch with its consumers, does not?