This past Saturday, the new Costco Wholesale Store opened its doors in Carrollton. The membership-only bulk retailer is a plum acquisition for New Orleans, revitalizing an empty commercial lot and capturing more retail commerce within the city. It also stands as a comfortable monument to domestic consumerism, where you can buy a gallon tub of mayonnaise because, gosh darn it, we’re Americans.
Although this opening is undoubtedly a blessing, Costco has become something of a political truncheon in recent years. You see, Costco has situated itself as the poster child for high retail wages, placing other national retailers, particularly Walmart, on the defensive.