This is a great, clean Costco; I haven't done much shopping here, so this review will be centered on my experience so far, which is with bananas, stamps, and the optometry department.So I don't know if yall know this, but Costco actually has an independent optometrist (Dr. Hollingsworth) in a little office that's right outside the store. It's to the right of the entrance. It's very convenient-they have appointments until 5 pm on weekdays and weekend appointments as well, plus you can order your glasses or contacts from Costco-super convenient!The bananas were delicious (I had to stock up-I ate 4 bananas for dinner that night since I was doing the Big D Climb the next day and my knees and ankles were killing me). Good value on the bananas!They sell Forever Stamps here, which was great since all I had was $.45 stamps at home and the price went up that next day.The optometry department is great, very good about looking up discounts that you may get with your insurance and also will take payment through FSA cards (maybe i'm dumb but I didn't realize mine was a debit card-so yay for convenience all over again). I ordered my glasses last Friday and was told it would be at least a week until they were in. I actually got the call yesterday (Wednesday) that they were ready. Pick up was a breeze as well.
I would have given a 5 on service-my genius bar employee was fabulous; my issue came with when i came to pick my computer up, which knocks off a star.I went in because the battery on my MacBook Pro died and I needed to get it replaced. I am always skeptical of the Apple Store because I know how expensive their products are to repair and to purchase new. Thankfully, my battery was just around $130 and lucky for me, they had one in stock and were able to change my battery in just half an hour. My genius bar employee made no comments as to my cracked screen or how dirty/dusty my MacBook was (it was pretty gross-I should take better care of my things). He also put repairing my screen in to perspective; explaining what is involved with doing this at the Apple Store vs. using another service. He was kind enough not to insist that I use the Apple Store or that I needed to get it repaired immediately, which put me at ease knowing that he cared more about getting my computer back to me in a useable condition as efficiently as possible. He could have pulled one over on me and made it seem extremely urgent and I probably would have reluctantly, though naively gone through with it. I really do appreciate that-it saved my budget and a lot of time on my part.When I returned half an hour later to pick up my laptop, it was ready. I gave my name to another employee who was tasked with locating items for pick up. I decided that I would browse the iPhone covers while he looked for my laptop thinking that he'd come find me to ring me up. Instead, he ended up going right back to where he was standing after retrieving my laptop and semi yelled at me because he couldn't find me. Though I said that I was looking for a new cover for my phone, he proceeded to ring me up then and there, pushing my time in the store to a close. I'm not going to stand around holding my laptop in a crowded Apple Store, trying to look at phone covers, so I was out of there.So aside from that one employee, and the crowds (which honestly that says good things about the store to me...they have their store set up for interaction, it shouldn't be a sore point), I was extremely pleased and satisfied with my treatment and attention at the Apple Store. Another plus: my laptop was returned to me clean and dusted: I appreciated that as well and am working on keeping it that way.
I have never been disappointed by a Kroger. The employees at this Kroger are very friendly and helpful. The Kroger brand deli meat is great and they are willing to slice it up very thin for you too. They have a Kosher section within a whole aisle of special international "delights". They also have an organic section with a great selection. Great deals with the Kroger card and the cashiers NEVER forget to ask you if you have yours (plus, the more you use it, the more discounts you can get on your gas from Kroger stations AND Shell stations). They also are not discouraging over using coupons.