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Here's what Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983

Business Insider Logo By Áine Cain of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 29: 
  
    Costco has existed in some
    form since 1976.
  
  That's because the modern-day company is the product of a
  1993 merger between Costco and Price Club.
  
  The first warehouse bearing the name Costco, however, opened
  in Seattle in 1983.
  
  Costco provided Business Insider with historical photos of
  the chain's inaugural warehouse. 
  

  Costco is a staple of the big
  box landscape. It's been around for a while and managed to
  attract a devoted flock of members thanks to its low prices and
  bulk sizes.

  But the wholesale retailer's origin story is a bit complicated.
  You see, modern-day Costco is actually the result of a 1993
  merger between Price Club and Costco. Price Club kicked off in
  1976, and Costco followed suit seven years later.

  
    Read more: 50 foods that Costco employees and
  members love

  Costco provided Business Insider with a number of photos of the
  company's first warehouse.

  These images provide a glimpse into what making a Costco run
  would've looked like back when Ronald Reagan was in the White
  House and "Maniac" was topping the Billboard charts.

See inside Costco's first warehouse in Seattle

Costco is a staple of the big box landscape. It's been around for a while and managed to attract a devoted flock of members thanks to its low prices and bulk sizes.

But the wholesale retailer's origin story is a bit complicated. You see, modern-day Costco is actually the result of a 1993 merger between Price Club and Costco. Price Club kicked off in 1976, and Costco followed suit seven years later.

Costco provided Business Insider with a number of photos of the company's first warehouse.

These images provide a glimpse into what making a Costco run would've looked like back when Ronald Reagan was in the White House and "Maniac" was topping the Billboard charts. Click ahead to see them.

Read more: 50 foods that Costco employees and members love 

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