Japan earthquake hits Costco operations

March 15, 2011

By Staff

Costco Wholesale executives said all but one warehouse in Japan has reopened after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and the Issaquah-based company has accounted for all employees in Japan.

The warehouse in Tamasakai, a Tokyo location, is scheduled to remain closed for several months, pending further inspections and repairs. The company said two people died after a parking ramp collapsed at the warehouse.

Overall, Costco operates nine warehouses and a cross-docking facility, or depot, on the island nation.

Costco is also accepting donations to the Red Cross relief fund at cash registers in warehouses around the globe. The company also set up a donation link on the corporate website, www.costco.com.

Costco operates 581 warehouses worldwide — 424 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan and one in Australia, plus the Japan outlets.

Costco employs 2,700 people in Issaquah, more than any other business. The company claims 57.4 million card-carrying members worldwide.

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2 Responses to “Japan earthquake hits Costco operations”

  1. Rosemary Fahey on March 15th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Given the incomprehensible loss for the Japanese and the impending consequences of the series of the crisis there, this is an important outreach by Costco to the community.
    I hope this note will continue to be highlighted in the Press:
    ” Costco is also accepting donations to the Red Cross relief fund at cash registers in warehouses around the globe. The company also set up a donation link on the corporate website”

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan!

  2. Teresa Bystrom on April 11th, 2011 6:18 pm

    This is just a comment to clarify to Costco members and the public that the Corporate office has confirmed that Costco is NOT matching donations to the Japan Red Cross relief. I have been advised they are looking into the miscommunication which is wide spread.

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