Is Costco Open Labor Day 2022?

When you're planning a holiday gathering, it's important to know which of your area retailers will be open, should you need to make a last-minute run for hamburger buns or some Kirkland liquor. Labor Day, which for 2022 falls on Monday, September 5, is a federal holiday, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. However, just because government workers have the day off, that doesn't mean retail shops are closed. So, is Costco open on Labor Day 2022?

Costco has a history that might give you a hint about how the company will come down on whether employees have to report to work on the federal holiday that's set aside to celebrate the "many contributions workers have made to America's strength, prosperity, and well-being" (via U.S. Department of Labor). 

Ethics Unwrapped, a project that's part of the University of Texas at Austin, notes that Costco is frequently labeled one of the most ethical companies in the world, and the company is known for paying significantly higher wages and providing better benefits than other large retailers. Though Costco is currently in a labor dispute over the negotiations for a new national contract and the Teamsters have labeled the company not so worker-friendly, Costco prides itself on being a "friendly and supportive work environment."

Will Costco workers have the day off on Labor Day 2022?

Costco will, indeed, celebrate Labor Day 2022 by closing all their retail warehouses on Monday, September 5, 2022. It's unusual for a retail company to be closed on Labor Day, and Costco appears to be the only major retail chain store that's closed the entire day, according to USA Today. While some locations and stores for other retail chains may operate for limited hours on the holiday, the list of stores that will be open is a long one.

Stores that will be open include Sam's Club, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, along with drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens. As far as grocery stores, The Pioneer Woman reports that while some individual locations may have limited hours and some pharmacies will be closed, most grocery chain locations like Whole Foods will be open for business on Labor Day. Should you need to stock up on Kirkland Signature Bratwurst, some Costco locations offer same day delivery of Labor Day essentials, but you'll need to plan ahead for delivery before the big day.