Cost-U-Less hopes it lives up to its name. The company runs about a dozen mid-size 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, Cura�ao, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, 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. The island retailer opened its first outlet in 1989 in Maui, Hawaii. Cost-U-Less is owned by The North West Company.