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BJ’s Pushes Westward

Company to open 1st warehouse club in Pittsburgh market
Marian Zboraj, Progressive Grocer
BJ’s Pushes Westward
BJ’s first club in Pittsburgh area will feature a vast selection of fresh foods and produce, a full-service deli, household essentials, pet supplies and various exclusive offerings.

Traditionally known as a leading membership warehouse club in the eastern part of the United States, BJ’s Wholesale Club continues to push westward with an entry into the Pittsburgh area. The new club will open in South Fayette Township, Pa., on Dec. 10.

The company’s first club in the Pittsburgh market will bring the retailer’s total number of U.S. locations to 223, with 18 of those being in the state of Pennsylvania. Another Pittsburgh location “will be opening in the near future” in Ross Township, according to the company’s website. 

“We’re excited to open our very first club in the Pittsburgh market, expanding our footprint in Pennsylvania, and to bring BJ’s outstanding offerings to South Fayette and the surrounding community,” said Malika Harris, club manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Bridgeville. “We are excited for our doors to open and serve our members and community, especially during the busy holiday season.”

BJ’s is offering a limited-time Founding Member offer for local shoppers interested in joining the club now through Dec. 9.

The latest club opening follows BJ’s newest fueling facility, which opened in South Fayette, Pa., on Dec. 2. The South Fayette BJ’s Gas location is BJ’s 153rd gas station, and includes 12 fueling positions, offering regular, premium and diesel fuels.

Meanwhile, BJ’s recently reported a blockbuster quarter by growing sales, revenue, profit, membership size, own-brands penetration and its digital business. For the third quarter ended Oct. 30, BJs reported an adjusted 91 cents in earnings per share and $4.26 billion in revenue. Total same-store sales increased by 13.1%, reflecting a two-year stacked comp of 27.2%. Comps excluding gasoline sales increased by 5.7%, reflecting a two-year stacked comp of 24.2%. 

The company has plans for a handful of new club openings in January for Port Charlotte, Fla.; Lansing, Mich.; and on New Yorks Long Island, with an additional 10 more new clubs on tap for 2022.

Westborough, Mass.-based BJs Wholesale Club operates more than 220 clubs and 150-plus BJs Gas locations in 17 states. The company is No. 27 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco is No. 4 on The PG 100. Sam’s Club, a division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart Inc., ranks ninth, while Walmart U.S. is No. 1 on PGs list.

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