BJ’s plans burst of club openings

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is fueling its recent expansion by opening four new warehouse clubs, including the first in Indiana and another in the Columbus, Ohio metro area.

Westborough, Mass.-based BJ’s said the new clubs are expected to open during the next phase of its 2022 development plans in the Indianapolis suburbs of Noblesville and New Albany, Ohio; Wayne, New Jersey; and Midlothian, Virginia. Most recently, BJ’s opened a new club with a gas station in Lady Lake, Fla. — its 229th location and 159th fuel center — on May 13. The latest stores will bring the company’s total to 233.

“We have had tremendous success growing our footprint over the past few years, both in our core East Coast communities as well as new markets like the greater Detroit and Pittsburgh areas,” Bill Werner, executive vice president of strategy and development at BJ’s, said in a statement. “Our expansion into the great markets of Indianapolis and Columbus allows us to bring the value of our membership to these new communities that we look forward to serving.”

The Noblesville club will mark BJ’s entry into Indiana, his 18th state, while the New Albany club will be the retailer’s seventh location in Ohio, and the Midlothian and Wayne clubs will add to BJ’s considerable presence. in Virginia (13 clubs) and New Jersey (23 clubs), respectively. Each new store is expected to hire approximately 150 employees.

The four new clubs will feature BJ’s unique shopping experience, including a huge selection of fresh food; a full-service grocery store; household essentials like paper products, cleaning supplies, diapers, and pet supplies; and clothing, seasonal items, toys, technology and local products.

Shopping options will also include BJ’s mobile app, digital coupons, club pickup, curbside pickup, same-day delivery, Same-Day Select and ExpressPay. New clubs will also have BJ gas stations offering BJ’s Fuel Savers program.

BJ’s opened five new clubs and seven new BJ’s gas stations in 2021, ending the year with 226 clubs and 157 gas stations in 17 states. The company aims to open ten this year and next year.

“We remain on track with our real estate plans, and our confidence in our expansion strategy continues to grow with each new club opening,” BJ Chairman and CEO Robert Eddy told analysts during of a conference call last month on first quarter results. “[New clubs include] our small pilot BJ market in Warwick, RI The BJ market is about half the size of [a standard] club. It will serve as a place where we can test assortments, displays, product demonstrations and convenience initiatives, then apply those lessons across the portfolio to strengthen our operations over time. We still plan to open a total of 11 new clubs this year and plan to open 10 more next year.

Currently, BJ’s operates 229 wholesale clubs and 160 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states.

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