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    Business-focused Costco Opens in Vegas

    The warehouse club store caters to the needs of small c-store businesses.

    LAS VEGAS -- Last week, Costco opened its first Costco Business Center here, on the site of a former traditional Costco location, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

    The store, open to all Costco members, is designed to serve and attract business customers, and does not offer the usual Costco items such as apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, pharmacy and in-store dining areas, the report stated.

    The store is intended to be a combination office supply store, restaurant wholesaler and convenience store supplier, and features a full-service print and copy center and an increased selection of products, including restaurant, hospitality, convenience store and professional office, the report stated.

    "We’re gearing up for all of the local businesses," Scott Sims, the store’s general manager, told the paper. "There’s still a good amount of the normal retail items, but there’s just more of a flavor of business."

    Products for sale range from copiers and printer paper to tobacco products, canned food, meat and kitchen utensils, in bulk or smaller quantities, the Sun reported.

    "The idea is to provide customers the items that they need in quantities that make sense for them," Sims added.

    In addition, some product changes will also help retailers. The bakery, for example, will sell individually wrapped products to better accommodate resellers, and an increased shelf life should appeal to retail customers, the report stated.

    Further, a wider variety of product lines is a marked difference in this Costco. Instead of a few flavors of Gatorade, the business center has roughly 40, the paper reported. There is also the ability to place custom orders based on customer demand, something traditional stores cannot do.

    Delivery service will also be available throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and could be expanded to include neighboring towns such as Pahrump, Nev., Sims told the paper. Orders can be placed online, by fax or phone, the report stated.

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