Jason Yu, general ma银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦arket consultancy Ka

ntar Worldpanel China, said the quality and good prices of Costco’s food products are a major

attraction to Chinese consumers, as the demand for such products has grown. The retailer could bol银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦品茶微信

ster its fresh food offerings to increase their customer retention rate here, Yu said.

银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦”As Chinese consumers put more stress on healthy products and higher living standar

ds, the retail industry’s growth has remained robust in China and the momentum will continue,” he said.

Wang Caidi, 57-year-old retiree in Shanghai, left the store with avocados, cheese, m银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦品茶微信

ilk and a pizza. She said quality foods enticed her to travel the 40 kilometers to the store.

“The products are of good value. I may come here one month later when it is less crowded,” she said.

银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦Membership at Costco Shanghai has been available since July 1, with an annual membership

card priced at 299 yuan ($42). The company put its Chinese membership at over 120,000.

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ers, is located in suburban Minhang district, nearly 30 km from the city’s center.

Richard Zhang, Costco’s senior vice-president for Asia, said on A

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n the area, indicating a large group of middle class consumers who are Costco’s targets.

He also said that the market has matured sufficiently for Chinese consumers to be “ready to pa银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦

y for a membership card”. Little effort was spent on educating the market about membership.

Costco is the world’s largest membership-only re

银河官网亚博投注网乌托邦品茶微信tailer. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has opened 26 membership-based Sam’s Club stores in Ch

ina. The latest opened in June in northern Shanghai, only 10 km from the Costco outlet.

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