Cost Plus World Market – International home goods and food
Cost Plus World Market
Cost Plus World Market is a nationwide furniture and home decoration retailer with a focus on specialty products imported from overseas. Also known as World Market, the stores offer a wide variety of products from over 50 different countries, including dishware, candles, and furnishings. The stores also sell many artistic and cultural decorations designed to liven up your home or apartment. Additionally, Cost Plus World Market offers its customers a selection of international dry and non-refrigerated specialty foods including candy, snacks, and condiments. Cost Plus World Market also sells its own brand of food products, including sauces and beverage mixes. Some Cost Plus World Market stores even stock a selection of international beers and wines. For frequent buyers, there is a rewards program called “World Market Explorer”, offering exclusive coupons, offers, and previews, as well as certain free products.
Cost Plus World Market – International goods since 1958
Cost Plus World Market was founded in 1958 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. The owner, William Amthor, originally sold imported wicker furniture but later expanded to other unique home furnishings and decorations from around the world. The San Francisco-based store quickly became a tourist attraction and destination for shoppers looking for unique international products. The items were sold at the purchase price, plus ten percent, resulting in the name “Cost Plus World Market”. In the over 50 years since that initial offering of furniture, Cost Plus World Market has grown to over 250 stores across the United States with nearly 2,400 full-time employees.