There's already a thread on this over on the Seattle Boards, but that one focuses exclusively on the Seattle Area. But as we've referred to these in the general Costco threads before, and these are available to anyone up and down most of the West Coast, I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate some general info about these here.
Even if you don't own a restaurant, these Costco Business Centers are a remarkable change from the regular stores. They don't have clothes, DVDs, books or any of the normal stuff, but they do have a virtually endless supply of Restaurant Goods and Foods. Takeout containers, individual flavors of chips in vending machine sizes, cuts of meat you won't find in the regular stores, alternatives to the regular grocery items found at a typical Costco -- all are here.
They are open to all Costco members and the prices are the same. They have extended hours but are closed on Sunday.
Here's a page (which you can't get to from the Costco.com website) that shows their locations:
They are in Lynnwood and Fife, WA; Hayward, Hawthorne, Commerce and San Diego, CA; Vegas and Phoenix. And as we've discussed on the other thread, there is essentially a whole Business Center dropped into a regular (but massive) Costco in Tukwila, WA as well.
And you can go online to check prices and even order, and they will deliver to your business:
as long as you are in the local area of the Business Center. Enter your zip on the landing page and you can browse what they have. Note that the online prices are about 5% higher than the walk-in store prices.
There's one not too far from me and I shop there more often than my regular Costco.
Anyway, worth checking out if you are near one.