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Costco has quietly stopped selling half-sheet cakes. So there goes your birthday party

Costco no longer sells $20 sheet cakes. Here’s why

In this March 20, 2020, file photo, shoppers line up to enter a Costco store in Tacoma, Wash. Americans are beginning to see the first economic impact payments hit their bank accounts this week. The IRS tweeted Saturday, April 11, 2020, that it had begun depositing funds into taxpayers’ bank accounts and would be working to get them out as fast as it can. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Fle)
In this March 20, 2020, file photo, shoppers line up to enter a Costco store in Tacoma, Wash. Americans are beginning to see the first economic impact payments hit their bank accounts this week.
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Costco has quietly stopped selling the $20 sheet cakes often brought to birthday parties and celebrations — and the coronavirus pandemic may be to blame.

What’s happening:

Costco said in a recent post on Facebook that it has stopped selling the $20 half-sheet cakes. Instead, the company has pointed customers to 10-inch round cakes.

Costco said: “To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments.”

Costco told The New York Times there are no plans to bring back the $20 cakes anytime soon. The new cakes are selling well, the company said.

The bigger picture:

  • The elimination of sheet cakes comes as public health officials warn people against large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sheet cakes are often purchased for large gatherings, serving about 50 people, according to CNN.
  • Kroger and Sam’s Club have stopped selling those sort of cakes, too, according to CNN.
  • Walmart and Albertson’s still sell those cakes, though.

Costco and the coronavirus:

  • Costco made headlines earlier this spring for deciding to require face masks and coverings for shoppers entering the store, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The company did not announce when that policy might end.