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Costco vs. Target: Which is Better?

Here are some strengths and weaknesses of two stores that are coming to a brand new shopping center -- Hamilton Crossings -- near you!

Since new Costco and Target stores are part of the plan for the new Hamilton Crossings shopping center, a recent opinion column caught the eye of the ever-on-the-ball retail research team her at Lower Macungie Patch.

Author Michael Neuendorff seems to have the credentials to compare both stores, and some of the facts are points to ponder. For example, Costco only takes MasterCard online, not in stores.

We've all shopped in both Costco and Target. Which do you like better and why? Tell us in the comments.

The comparison is interesting because plans are in the works to construct both stores at Hamilton Crossings a mere two years from now. It'll be here before we know it.

Meanwhile, details are being worked out regarding funding and soil remediation.

Until then, we can dream about the convenience of having both right here in the Patch!

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Ron Beitler October 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Amazon Prime is better :) Seriously though I honestly believe this. Literally any item I would ever buy at either of those two stores for the past year and a half I've bought from Amazon Prime. You simply will not find a better price. Period. And with absolutely free two day delivery to your doorstep. Slowly the box stores will turn into showrooms for Amazon. For example: Looking for a 60 inch television now for my house. I went "window shopping" at wal-mart. Prob will check out a best buy also. But time to buy comes... Amazon will certainly beat the price and with free two day shipping the huge box will be delivered directly to my doorstep. For ex. go to wal-mart.com (which has better prices then the store) Compare wal mart's store pickup prices to Amazon prime deliver to your front door free two day deliver. Prime wins nearly 100% of the time price wise. And it's usually significant.Just to take a random product lets say TV's... On 40-60 inch flat screens it's usually about 100 bucks cheaper from prime. Here is a fantastic podcast on the subject: http://www.strongtowns.org/strong-towns-podcast/2012/10/4/show-113-amazon-prime.html
Ron Beitler October 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
This is important from land development standpoint because the demand for big box will slowly decrease. Online/free delivery is the future. It's economy of scale. Am I saying wal-mart or target are going out of business? No. But specialty big boxes like say Best Buy (already in major financial dire straights) yes, they will go away. And Wal-Marts and Target will have to close underperforming stores, stop rapid expansion and concentrate on the online model to remain competitive. Certain sectors like clothes ppl will always buy in store. Even that though I've already went to a store tried on a coat (cause it was bigger ticket item) then went online and bought it from amazon for 25% cheaper. I think about this stuff because it definitely is hand and hand with my development philosophy that LMT should be putting it's eggs in promenade style high end retail. This is the future of Brick and Morter. Everyday goods retailers who make bread and butter off it like Costco and Target....the demand will slow. Many ppl like myself purchase nearly 100% of these online. You can even set up recurring purchases. Say like TP or toothpaste. Something buy monthly. Just go online set it up to delivery once a month the quantity you need and bam. It's done. And again.... cheaper then getting in the car.
Carl W October 13, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I can't tell you how excited we all are about some more junky construction wrecking our countryside. Shame on you, "Lower Macungie," home of WalMarts, and loads of cheap (quality) ticky-tacky homes. (For Lower Macungie road: God doesn't plant little trees, evenly spaced along roads). Other homes full of phony landscaping, supposed to look natural. Actually, you KNOW someone paid a landscaper to build these plastic-looking designs. PLEASE, keep wrecking things, so we have more traffic to complain about, and less food (farms) and natural areas to enjoy.
Carl W October 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I'm of to K-Mart....... :-)
Janet Persing October 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Just remember how Amazon.com and its spin-offs treat their workers, which is why you get free delivery. This has to come out of somebody's hide.

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