Supermarket giant Costco will go ahead with its grand opening in Perth amid the coronavirus outbreak.

While the government’s ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people don’t involve supermarkets, at 14,000sqm, the store is a behemoth – and expected to attract crowds.

On Monday, when asked if any special provisions would be made in the light of the virus outbreak, Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone provided this statement to 96FM:

“Our opening on Thursday morning at 8am is still set to go ahead at our Perth warehouse. We have seen an influx of people in warehouses across the country in the few weeks ‘stocking up’,” it read.

“The biggest spike in sales has been centered around sundries and household items. Our members are always our top priority, and our employees and suppliers are working tirelessly to try and keep up with demand so that we are able to provide stock to as many members as possible. We are reviewing and changing this regularly as needed.”

Customers need to purchase a membership to shop at Costco. An annual membership will cost families $60 a year.

“A significant number of people in Perth have already signed up,” warehouse manager Tony Roper previously told PerthNow. “And that number will quadruple and even more.”

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In October 2018, Costco’s next-door neighbour, DFO, opened to what was described as “pandemonium”.

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