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Crowds at Costco Opening

Crowds attended the official opening of US wholesaler Costco this morning in Garðabær, near Reykjavík. The queue at the door was several hundred people long when the doors were opened. Rescue workers were present to help with traffic control, which ran smoothly.

This is the first Costco store to open in Iceland, and already some 40,000 membership cards have been sold. Journalist Bjarni Pétur Jónsson was reporting from the scene for RÚV. “It’s packed with people here. The store is very big so it’s not apparent there are so many here. I think it’s reaching close to the thousands in here now,” he reported at 9:30 this morning.

Bjarni Pétur spoke to two customers. They were pleased with the prices, especially on cleaning products, and glad that the store had finally come to Iceland.

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