Vice President Joe Biden Visits New, First DC Costco Thursday

11:24 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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Vice President Joe Biden shops in the book department at new Costco in DC (@markknoller via Twitter)

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A famous guest visited D.C.'s Costco on Thursday morning for its grand opening.

Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade stopped by the store at 9:24 a.m.  According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, Biden reportedly flashed his Costco card to enter new store. Knoller also tweeted that Biden bought cookies, an apple pie and a TV and other items

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Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal greeted the vice president at the store for the official grand opening ceremony. You may remember that Sinegal spoke at the Democratic National Convention and hosted President Obama at fundraisers at his home, and donated more than $107,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray issued a statement on Thursday about the opening: "Costco Wholesale's opening in The Shops at Dakota Crossing today signals a huge milestone for retail in the District...Having the big-box retailer call the District home as this shopping center's anchor tenant means that many more District residents can partake in its discount shopping options here, thereby slowing retail leakage and keeping tax dollars in our jurisdiction - two critical elements of my administration's economic-development strategy."

The store is located on Market Street NE near the intersection of New York Avenue and South Dakota Avenue at the Shops of Dakota Crossing.


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