June 4, 2013 |
Sherry Tedeschi is an avid moviegoer, typically hitting a film a week, sometimes two or three. The Beverly Hills resident usually patronizes the AMC Century City 15 multiplex so she can poke around the Westfield mall after the show. She buys packets of discounted AMC tickets at Costco. So it was with more than a little dismay that Tedeschi, 69, learned recently that, beginning July 8, her discounted AMC tickets will be slapped with a $2 "location surcharge. " Such fees are a sneaky way that ticket prices are being jacked up at a time when audiences are shrinking and average costs to catch a flick already are near a record high.
March 10, 2013
Re "Why Costco backs a wage hike," March 7 Costco has other reasons to support a higher federal minimum wage besides the congratulatory ones mentioned in The Times' article. Increasing the minimum wage would raise the cost of hiring low-wage workers relative to the higher-wage workforce at Costco. This would increase competitors' prices, thereby boosting demand and profits at Costco. Costco is echoing a move by Wal-Mart, which has supported minimum-wage hikes. Because Wal-Mart already pays more than the federal minimum, an increase would raise competitors' costs and Wal-Mart's profits, while demonstrating its compassion for workers at no cost.
March 24, 2011
For the soon-to-be Mrs., Kirstie Kelly comes to Costco with couture-inspired bridal gowns at recession-minded prices. This trunk show comes with its own jewel-box salon, changing room and consultant on hand to answer questions. Appointments recommended. Costco, 6100 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys. Thurs.-Sun. (818) 464-1480, http://www.kirstiekelly.com.
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May 10, 2012 |
OK, so you, me and most of the rest of America didn't win the raffle to meet with President Obama at George Clooney's house Thursday night. Don't despair. Through the magic of the Internet, some thoughtful analysis and some outright guesswork, I can take you there , for free. First, Clooney's house . It's in Studio City. It's about 7,300 square feet. It looks, well, like a lot of houses in Southern California -- that is, sort of like an English cottage, with wood planks stuck into stucco.
March 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- For many businesses, opposing minimum wage increases is a no-brainer: Raising the minimum wage increases their expenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce steadfastly opposes the proposal, as do many businesses big and small. But on Tuesday a handful of businesses applauded a bill introduced in Congress to raise the minimum wage, and even sent out a news release vocalizing their support for doing so. They included retailer Costco and smaller businesses such as British American Auto Care in Columbia, Md., and Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Mo. So what gives?
January 30, 2012 |
Jumbo pack of diapers? Check. Case of bottled water? Check. Three thousand dollar Super Bowl ticket? Geez, you really can buy just about anything supersized at Costco. The wholesale giant is best known for its food and household items, but its website is offering three ticket packages for the NFL's big - and expensive - game Sunday between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. "Our goal is to become one of the [ticket] options that pop into our members' minds when it comes to these types of events," said Kristin Lovik, an assistant buyer for Costco.com.