In Charlotte, Costco sells quality meat but I'm disappointed with the small cuts of flat that they sell. The flat incredibly thin (and flat) with a huge price attached to it. There are a few butchers in town but what they're asking for a brisket is a crime. I called one so-called specialty butcher shop and was told that the briskets are $2.99 a pound. I get there adn it was more like $6.99 a pound. I'm not accusing the shop of lying in order to make a sale but the difference of $4.00 a pound is to much money to experiment with.
I'm in Charlotte as well, North Charlotte to be exact, and I see whole packers all the time. I usually see them at Harris Teeter, Wal-Mart, and Sams Club, and it's usually about $3.99/lb.