Democrat legislators in New Jersey are proposing two bills forbidding retail warehouse chains such as Costco Wholesale from limiting gasoline sales to retail club members.
Neither bill mentions Costco by name, but the retailer made headlines in July by restricting gasoline sales at its New Jersey locations to members only. A standard Costco membership is $60 per year and is required to shop at Costco stores.
Costco gas has been available to the public in New Jersey since 2004. However, the retail giant received clarification from state officials earlier this year that public access to its gas facilities was not required under consumer protection laws, allowing the company to reinstitute its “members only” rule.
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