Japan earthquake hits Costco operations
March 15, 2011
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.