They offered to. The Costco stores in Orange County, CA had collectively about 50 ZR1 cameras in stock between 3-4 stores.
After spending time comparing the ZS7 to the ZR1, I decided to just spend more money and get the ZS7. I'll use the GPS feature as I camp and travel quite a bit.
Costco also had a model called the ZS6. It appeared to be identical to the ZS7 minus the GPS feature. (Not a typo - this was not the ZS5. It had the 3" screen and stereo sound.) Unfortunately, Costco wanted $289 for that product. After local taxes, the ZS7 ended up being just $15 more on Amazon.