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More than 200 people came in to the new store within the first 20 minutes.

Costco Wholesale opens for business in Bradenton

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

More than 200 people came in to the new store within the first 20 minutes.

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Maria Krivtsova, of Davie, was the first person to sign up for a membership.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Maria Krivtsova, of Davie, was the first person to sign up for a membership.

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Assistant Store Manager Kristin Boyd, front, uses her sweater to dry off a cart for East County's Sandi Purcell.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Assistant Store Manager Kristin Boyd, front, uses her sweater to dry off a cart for East County's Sandi Purcell.

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Bradenton's Suzy Johnston has been a Costco member since the 1980s.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Bradenton's Suzy Johnston has been a Costco member since the 1980s.

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Associate Joquetta Wooden puts out grape samples for customers. She's excited about her position because she enjoys talking with people.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Associate Joquetta Wooden puts out grape samples for customers. She's excited about her position because she enjoys talking with people.

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Sixteen-year-old Jaydon Geiser, who is home-schooled and dual enrolled at Manatee Technical College, checks out the bakery with his dad, Michael Geiser.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Sixteen-year-old Jaydon Geiser, who is home-schooled and dual enrolled at Manatee Technical College, checks out the bakery with his dad, Michael Geiser.

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Lakewood Ranch's John Freeman tries a variety of samples. He made sure to check out the store before his first appointment of the day.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Lakewood Ranch's John Freeman tries a variety of samples. He made sure to check out the store before his first appointment of the day.

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River Strand's Marianne Wooddy made a stop at the Costco pharmacy and then picked up a few more items.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

River Strand's Marianne Wooddy made a stop at the Costco pharmacy and then picked up a few more items.

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River club's Ken Kaisen ate two hot dogs for breakfast at 8:24 a.m. He also says he likes Costco's wine selection.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

River club's Ken Kaisen ate two hot dogs for breakfast at 8:24 a.m. He also says he likes Costco's wine selection.

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Bradenton's Mark Cline purchases a membership from associate Heather Camper.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 |

Bradenton's Mark Cline purchases a membership from associate Heather Camper.

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