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Costco removes popular cheese after Black Lives Matter controversy – Fox News

Costco has stopped carrying products from a pimento cheese brand owned by a South Carolina mayor who called the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements “terror organizations.”

Brian Henry, the mayor of Pawleys Island and owner of Palmetto Cheese, told the Georgetown Times that the company’s products were being pulled “as a matter of normal business” and that the wholesale retailer rotates items in and out regularly.

“We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not-too-distant future,” Henry told the Times.

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When reached for comment, a Costco representative declined to comment on the Palmetto Cheese brand.

The Georgetown Times published a photo of a sign in the Myrtle Beach Costco store stating that the products were “discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco,” adding that the products were being removed from more than 120 Costco locations.

Palmetto faced calls for a boycott from some consumers following Henry’s controversial Facebook post, in which he tied the protest movements to the unrelated fatal shooting of a father and daughter following an auto crash. The victims were white, while the accused killer is Black.

The Georgetown chapter of the NAACP called Henry’s post “racist” and called for him to resign.

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Henry has since deleted his post. He also publicly apologized, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported.

“My comments were hurtful and insensitive,” he told reporters at a press conference earlier this month.

Henry also asked people calling for a boycott of Palmetto to reconsider.

“Please consider the hundreds of South Carolina jobs that depend on its success,” he said, per The Sun News.

Palmetto Cheese is still sold at more than 9,100 stores in 44 states and Washington, D.C., according to the company’s website.

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Costco Wholesale Club continues senior hours indefinitely due to increase in COVID-19 cases – USA TODAY

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Published 11:29 a.m. ET July 12, 2020

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Costco stores are going back to normal hours but you’ll notice some big changes.

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Costco Wholesale Club will continue to offer special operating hours for members 60 and older and vulnerable shoppers every weekday morning.

The retailer previously announced plans to reduce its senior hours to twice a week effective the week of July 13 but said on its coronavirus updates page that “due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Costco will maintain current Special Operating Hours until further notice.” The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

At most clubs, the designated hour for senior shoppers, members with disabilities or immunocompromised is 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Costco website lists the clubs with different hours. (See exceptions below.)

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Costco started offering special hours March 24 as a twice-weekly event and quickly extended to three times a week. When clubs resumed normal hours in early May, clubs extended the hours to weekday mornings.

At the same time hours returned to normal, Costco required shoppers wear masks. The move, which excludes children under 2, sparked outrage on social media with some threatening to not renew their memberships. And there have been several viral videos of shoppers not following the mask policy.

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“There are a few people who don’t like it, but most people do,” Costco chief financial officer Richard Galanti said in late May about the mask requirement.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery stores and essential retailers started dedicating time or opening earlier for senior shoppers and other at-risk groups. As stores that were temporarily closed have reopened, some also have set aside time for vulnerable customers.

Costco has made several changes because of the pandemic including suspending returns of select items and discontinuing its popular half-sheet cakes in May

In June, Costco started bringing back free samples to a small number of its 548 U.S. locations, months after suspending sampling. Samples are now prepackaged items and kept behind plexiglass shields.

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Costco senior hours and exceptions

The designated hour for senior shoppers, members with disabilities or immunocompromised is 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at most clubs.

The following clubs are the exceptions listed at www.costco.com:

  • Los Angeles: Senior Shopping Hours are 9 to 10 a.m. daily, at locations including: Los Feliz, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Pacoima and Northridge.
  • Culver City, California: 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Iwilei (Honolulu), Hawaii: 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Massachusetts: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., daily.
  • Teterboro, New Jersey: 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York: 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Westbury, New York: 7 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Oregon: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Bay Area, California: Special hours are 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, at the following stores: El Camino, Folsom, Fremont, Great Oaks, Modesto, Richmond, San Leandro and South San Francisco
  • Bay Area, California: Senior hours are 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday at the following stores: Almaden, Cal Expo, Livermore, San Francisco and South Sacramento.
  • Sunnyvale, California: 9 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday.

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