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Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman dead

The 74-year-old Brotman made Costco the second-largest global retailer.

August 3, 2017   by Canadian Packaging staff

Jeff Brotman, 74, the co-founder and chairman of the board of Costco Wholesale Corporation passed away in his sleep on August 1, 2017 at his home in Medina, Washington.

On July 31, 2017, Brotman had attended a dinner for about 2,000 Costco warehouse managers at the Washington State Convention Center.

Brotman was born in Tacoma, Washington, and along with Jim Sinegal, co-founded Costco in 1982, acting as company chairman from its inception until his death, excluding 1993-1994 when he was vice-chairman.

Costco operates 736 warehouses, including 511 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, 97 in Canada, 37 in Mexico, 28 in the U.K., 25 in Japan, 13 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, eight in Australia, two in Spain, one in Iceland, and one in France.


Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Korea and Taiwan.

Costco Wholesale Corporation is the largest American membership-only warehouse club, and is the second-largest retailer in the world after Walmart.

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