BJ’s Wholesale Returns to Columbus Market with New Albany Area Store

BJ’s wholesale club, which left the Columbus market almost two decades ago, is back.

The Massachusetts-based retailer is building a 100,000 square foot store in the Hamilton Quarter development, adjacent to the new Sheetz location on North Hamilton Road and East Dublin-Granville Road in the northeast.

It will be the chain’s first store in Greater Columbus since the closure of its two local branches in 2002, at 6060 E. Main St. on the Far East Side and 6825 Dublin Center in Dublin.

The New Albany area location would be the seventh Ohio location for BJ’s, which operates six stores in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area. The chain, founded in 1984, opened its 224th store on Friday.

BJ's Wholesale Club returns to the Columbus market after almost two decades of absence with a new store on the Hamilton and Dublin-Granville routes.

Heavily concentrated in New England and on the East Coast, BJ’s has grown to the west. Last year he announced he was building six new clubs, including in the new markets of Pittsburgh and Lansing, Mich. Most of the new stores include BJ’s gas stations.

Company representatives did not respond to an email from Dispatch asking for details on the new Columbus store, but on a conference call in November, BJ President and CEO Bob Eddy said said the company plans to open up to 10 new stores this year.

“We are excited about our expansion and our confidence is underpinned by the strong performance we are seeing in our new clubs,” said Eddy, who did not identify the location of the new stores.

According to the company, each new store employs around 150 people.

Although much smaller in number of stores, BJ’s operates similarly to Costco and Sam’s Club. Customers pay an annual fee and the merchandise is sold wholesale. With a base subscription of $ 55, BJ’s shares the difference between Costco and Sam’s Club.

The publicly traded company posted revenue of $ 11.5 billion for the first nine months of 2021, an increase of 7.2% from the previous year.

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