Competitors of Costco Wholesale

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Who are the Main competitors of Costco?

Costco is one of the biggest retail brands of US that  operates a chain of membership warehouses in US as well as some other nations including UK, Canada,Mexico, Spain, Japan and Australia. In 2016, it entered two new markets including France and Iceland and opened its first warehouses there . The total number of Costco warehouses in 2018 had reached 749. Its total revenue in 2017 was 129 Billion dollars and that from the US market was 93.9 Billion dollars. Costco has grown fast in a challenging retail brand which makes it a very tough contender for Walmart and other major retail brands in US retail industry.

Its Kirkland Signature is well known for its quality and has continued to gain popularity. Costco offers its members a large range of products and its level of popularity can also be understood from the fact that  the brand does not invest much in advertising or marketing. While its international presence may be limited compared to  Walmart, it has still managed a strong presence in US and Mexico. This is a discussion of its major competitors. Let’s have  look at some stats related to Costco before moving on to its competitors.

Costco competitors

Costco Important Stats:

Revenue 2017: 129 Billion US Dollars.

US Revenue 2017: 93.89 Billion USD.

Net Income 2017: 2.68 Billion USD.

Number of warehouses in 2018: 749

Number of employees: 231000


Walmart apart from being the biggest retail brand in US is also the biggest competitor of US. while the retail industry is undergoing a challenging situation, Walmart has continued to perform well financially and is expanding fast internationally. In order to enter the Indian market and grow its presence there, the brand is buying a 77% stake in the Indian e-commerce brand Flipkart. Its revenue in 2018 grew to 500.3 Billion US dollars. Its net sales grew to 495.76 Billion US dollars. Walmart’s Sam’s Club is also quite popular and has a strong presence in US.  Overall, Walmart is the toughest contender leading the US retail market.

The Kroger Company:

The Kroger company is headquartered at Cincinnati, Ohio. It is one of the largest food retailers of the world with fiscal 2016 sales of 115.3 Billion dollars. In 2017 it achieved net sales of 122.7 Billion dollars. It has 782 convenience stores operational under 6 banners in 9 states and the brand  also has 2782 Super markets and Multi Department stores. It has 42 distribution centres for a well managed supply chain. Kroger covers 35 states as well as District of Columbia.

Home Depot:

Based on its 2017 Net sales, Home Depot is the largest home improvement company of the world. The brand offers a very large assortment of home improvement products as well as building material, lawn and garden products and home decor products. Apart from these, it provides Home improvement products and services. By the end of 2017, Home Depot had 2284 Stores in US. In 2017, its sales grew 6.7 % to 100.9 Billion dollars. The brand’s financial results for 2017 were quite appreciable. Since, Costco also sells a large range of home improvement products, Home Depot is one of its significant competitors with an impressive presence all over US.

Walgreens Boots Alliance:

Apart from health and Wellness products, the brand also sells beauty products including lifestyle products and toiletries. It had 8100 retail stores operational as of August 31, 2017 in its US pharmacy retail division.  Apart from them its retail pharmacy international division also operated 4722 stores. the brand achieved sales of 118 Billion USD in 2017 and a Gross profit of 29 Billion.


Target is also a major retail player in the US market  offering a wide assortment of general merchandise and food products. In 2016, it achieved Net sales of 69.5 Billion Dollars.  While total sales had declined at Target in 2016, it was still a significant year for the retail brand. Target is undergoing a transition to a new operating model. During this period, its signature categories including Style and Kids gained market share. Over the last two years, its digital channel sales also achieved impressive growth. the retail industry is evolving fast and Best Buy has performed in a challenging environment which shows it is a strong competitor for Costco in the US retail market.


Amazon is the biggest brand in the world of E-commerce. It has seen rapid growth during the recent years. Apart from that, it has also managed to grab an impressive share in the entire retail industry. While Walmart is continuing to grow its presence and even investing in E-commerce, Amazon’s fast growth has brought it into the list of one of the most significant competitors for US retailers.

Lowe’s :

Lowe’s is the world’s second largest home improvement retailer.  As of February 2, 2018, it operated 2,152 home improvement and hardware stores. Its main market which accounts for more than 90% sales of Lowe’s. It offers  large range of home improvement products in several categories. A large range of merchandise offered by Lowe’s is also  available at Walmart and Home Depot. In 2018, February, it had 310,000 employees of which 200,000 were full time and 110,000 part time. Its 2017 revenue was 68.6 Billion dollars around 3.6 Billion USD higher than 2016.

Best Buy:

Best Buy is also a major player in the US retail industry. At the end of fiscal 2018, Best Buy had 1200 large and 300 small format stores. The number of employees was at 125000 including full time and part time. The brand showed strong financial performance in the year 2017 when its total revenue went up by 7% as compared to 2016 reaching 42.2 Billion Dollars.


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Abhijeet Pratap

Abhijeet has been blogging on educational topics and business research since 2016. He graduated with a Hons. in English literature from BRABU and an MBA from the Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi. He likes to blog and share his knowledge and research in business management, marketing, literature and other areas with his readers.