Thursday, December 31, 2020, is New Year’s Eve. While it isn’t a federal holiday, some stores do alter their operating schedule, giving their employees a chance to welcome the new year with friends or family. As a result, many shoppers wonder if their preferred store will be open, either at all or with modified holiday-type hours. If you’re thinking about heading to Costco on New Year’s Eve and are wondering if the stores will be closed, here’s what you need to know.
Is Costco Closed on New Year’s Eve?
No, Costco is not closed on New Year’s Eve. However, some stores will shut down early, allowing the employees to head home and celebrate the arrival of 2021 with their family or friends.
Whether your Costco will close early may depend on its current traditional operating schedule. Due to COVID-19, some retailers have limited their opening hours. Additionally, certain Costco warehouse stores always closed earlier than other locations in the chain. As a result, they may maintain a normal opening schedule on New Year’s Eve.
However, some stores that are often open later might shut down early. For example, if your local Costco is open until 8:30 pm, the location might close at 6:00 pm instead for New Year’s Eve.
If you plan on shopping on New Year’s Eve, you may want to check the operating schedule at your local Costco store before you make the trip. That way, you can make sure that your location is welcoming shoppers before you head out of the door. Either call your store directly or go to the Find a Warehouse page on the Costco website to look at the operating hours.
Is the Costco Gas Station Closed on New Year’s Eve?
No, the Costco gas station isn’t closed on New Year’s Eve. Employees will be available on-site during the locations operating hours, so you will be able to get assistance from a customer service rep, pay in cash, and handle other activities that require on-site personnel.
However, like the warehouse store, Costco gas stations may close early on New Year’s Eve. When an employee isn’t on-site, you can still get fuel, though only if you use the pay at the pump option, which is available 24/7.
Is the Costco Business Center Closed on New Year’s Eve?
No, the Costco Business Center is not closed on New Year’s Eve. However, like the warehouse stores and gas stations, they may close early that day. If you need to use the Costco Business Center on New Year’s Eve, check with your nearest location to confirm when it will be open.
Costco 2021 Holiday Schedule
All Costco stores use the same holiday closure schedule. It’s set by corporate every year and tends to stay the same from one year to the next.
In 2021, Costco will close on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1, 2021
- Easter – Sunday, April 4, 2021
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021
- Independence Day – Sunday, July 4, 2021
- Labor Day – Monday, September 6, 2021
- Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 25, 2021
- Christmas – Saturday, December 25, 2021
Costco stores also tend to close early on two days each year: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Otherwise, barring an unexpected event that makes closing the location a necessity, Costco stores will follow their normal operating schedule, including on federal holidays not listed above.
Do you appreciate that Costco is open on New Year’s Eve? If you needed to make a last-minute purchase, is Costco where you’d head? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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