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Cost-U-Less runs about a dozen warehouse club-style stores on remote islands to avoid heavy competition. The stores (averaging 30,000 sq. ft.) are found on islands such as American Samoa, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Netherlands Antilles, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as a mainland location in Sonora, California.With no membership fees, shoppers can buy US brand-name and ethnic beverages, candy, snacks, meat, produce, frozen foods, tobacco, health and beauty aids, office products, electronics, housewares, and sporting goods. Cost-U-Less opened its first outlet in 1989 in Maui, Hawaii. It was acquired by retail operator The North West Company for about $50 million in 2007.