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BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.
Company typePublic
IndustryRetailing (Warehouse club)
FoundedFebruary 6, 1984; 40 years ago (1984-02-06)
Headquarters350 Campus Drive, ,
Number of locations
229 (150 gas stations) as of March 22, 2021
Area served
Key people
Bob Eddy (CEO)[1]
ProductsElectronics, Home, Furniture, Outdoor, Sporting Goods, Toys, Jewelry, Clothing, Health and Beauty, Grocery.
RevenueIncrease US$19.315 billion (FY 2022)
Increase US$513 million (FY 2022)
Total assetsIncrease US$6.349 billion (2022)
Number of employees
34,000 (Jan. 2022)
Footnotes / references

BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc., commonly referred as BJ's, is an American regional membership-only warehouse club chain based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, operating in the eastern United States in addition to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Tennessee. The company has announced plans to expand into Alabama. [2][3][4][5]


Map of BJ's locations as of May 2022.

The company was started by discount department store chain Zayre in 1984, on the Medford/Malden border in Massachusetts. The company's name was derived from the initials of Beverly Jean Weich, the daughter of Mervyn Weich, the president of the new company.[6][7] Weich announced his resignation as president in June 1987, and left on August 1.[8] He was replaced by John Levy.[9]

When Zayre Corporation sold the Zayre nameplate to rival discount chain Ames in October 1988, TJX Companies was formed. In 1989, TJX spun off their warehouse division, consisting of BJ's and now-defunct HomeClub (later known as HomeBase, then House2Home), to form Waban, Inc. In August 1997, Waban spun off BJ's to become an independent company, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, while Waban renamed itself to HomeBase, Inc.[10]

In 2011, BJ's was acquired by two private equity firms, Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners.[11] It returned to being a public company in 2018.[12]

In 2019, BJ's expanded into Michigan, with a new store in Madison Heights. A second and a third Michigan location have since opened in Taylor and Chesterfield Township, respectively. BJ's has also since opened a location in Canton.


As of winter 2023, BJ's operates 216 BJ's clubs in 17 states and employed approximately 25,000 team members (both full- and part-time).[2] Clubs are found in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina,[13] Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Its major competitors are Costco Wholesale and Sam's Club.

BJ's Wholesale Club in Virginia

BJ's offers a variety of special benefits to its members. These include "member pricing", a variety of name-brand products at discount wholesale prices, acceptance of all valid manufacturers' coupons, and acceptance of many forms of payment (cash, check, ATM/debit cards, all major credit cards, and EBT SNAP benefits).[14]

Memberships at BJ's are required for these benefits and are available to individual consumers and businesses. BJ's memberships normally last for twelve months from the date of purchase and must be renewed yearly. As of January 2, 2018, a standard Inner Circle (individual) membership at BJ's cost $55 per year.[15] In addition, BJ's also has a special "Rewards" membership that may be purchased for an additional $55,[2][16] allowing 2% of most of a member's purchases to be "rewarded" and redeemed for use towards future BJ's purchases (with the exception of alcohol, gas, and tobacco). Business members may apply to purchase BJ's products for resale, and nonprofit organization members may apply for tax-exempt privileges (where applicable). Members with expired memberships (if they choose not to renew), as well as non-members are allowed to shop, but are assessed a 5-20% surcharge (depending on the club and the circumstances) on their total, and are not allowed to pay by check. However, if non-members keep their receipts and decide to renew their membership or open a new membership, they will be refunded the surcharge and applied towards the membership fee, within seven days.[17] To aid in convenience, most BJ's memberships can be renewed at the register during checkout. BJ's Wholesale Club has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on their memberships; therefore a membership can be refunded at any time during that membership period without any 90- or 30-day stipulation.[18]

Many of BJ's clubs offer special services to members, such as car rentals, gas stations, home heating oil, an optical department, propane filling, and vacation packages. These services vary from location to location. As of 2008, there were 154 clubs with optical departments.[citation needed] As of January 30, 2010 BJ's operated 104 gasoline stations at their clubs.[2] In February 2007, BJ's closed all pharmacies in its clubs.[17]

BJ's Wholesale Club locations frequently stock different varieties of products at different locations. However, all clubs carry the items listed in the coupon book that is published on a monthly basis. However, at certain times, it is not uncommon for a certain club not to carry a new item immediately due to its higher demand.[citation needed]

In March 2010, BJ's announced they would move their corporate headquarters from Natick to Westborough, Massachusetts in 2011.[2][19] On January 5, 2011, BJ's announced it would close five underperforming stores in the Southeast, eliminate approximately 100 headquarters jobs by the end of the month, and restructure its home office and some field operations. Its restructuring moves would result in savings of 78 to 82 cents per share for its fiscal fourth quarter.[20][21]

On December 19, 2019, BJ's named Lee Delaney as its next CEO starting February 2, 2020. Delaney had been an executive vice president and chief growth officer of the company since 2016. Then CEO Chris Baldwin became executive chairman.[22] Following Delaney's death on April 8, 2021, BJ's financial chief Bob Eddy took over as interim CEO.[1] On April 20, 2021, Bob Eddy’s interim status was removed and he was given the permanent CEO position.[23]

In November 2021, BJ’s announced plans for its first store in Tennessee, to be located in La Vergne, a suburb of Nashville. [24] The store opened on June 14, 2023. The company has announced plans for at least two additional stores in the Nashville market, with confirmed locations being added in Goodlettsville[25] and Mt. Juliet.[26]


House brands[edit]

BJ's Wholesale Club regularly markets numerous products under its own private labels—including products by Richelieu Foods.[27]

  • Berkley-Jensen (formerly 'Berkley & Jensen'): BJ's private-label products, including non-food general merchandise and sundries items.[28]
  • Wellsley Farms: BJ's upscale, private-label line of fresh foods, which includes a full selection of dairy products, produce, juices, and fresh heat-and-eat meals

Other brands[edit]

Additionally, BJ's carries many organic and natural food brands such as Kerrygold, Amy's Kitchen, Kashi, Newman's Own and American Flatbread.

Distribution centers[edit]

BJ's utilizes three cross-dock distribution centers along with third-party warehouse space when extra storage is needed.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "BJ's Form 10-K Annual Report". March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club Enters Indiana". June 24, 2021.
  4. ^ "First BJ's Wholesale Club coming to Indiana".
  5. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club Noblesville, IN - Store Locator & Hours".
  6. ^ BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Club Member Team Guide. July 2010. p. 6.
  7. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc". Gale Directory of Company Histories. The Gale Group, Inc. 2006. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "BJ's president, Weich, to resign; 2nd top-level departure in major Zayre retail unit in June". HFD-The Weekly Home Furnishings Newspaper. July 13, 1987. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc". Hoover's Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
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  11. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club buyout completed". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. September 30, 2011. Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  12. ^ Linnane, Tonya Garcia, Ciara. "BJ's Wholesale returns to the public market: 6 things to know about the Costco rival". MarketWatch. Retrieved September 2, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ wwise@postandcourier.com, Warren L. Wise. "BJ's Wholesale Club to open this weekend in Summerville". Post and Courier. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  14. ^ BJ's. "BJs Wholesale Club". www.bjs.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  15. ^ BJ's. "BJs Wholesale Club". www.bjs.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  16. ^ BJ's. "BJs Wholesale Club". www.bjs.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "BJ's Wholesale FAQs". Archived from the original on April 12, 2010.
  18. ^ Join the Club BJ's Wholesale Club Archived April 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Jenn Abelson (March 25, 2010). "BJ's confirms '11 Westborough move". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  20. ^ Matt Egan (January 5, 2011). "BJ's Sales Fall Short; Store Closings Planned". FOX Business. Archived from the original on January 9, 2011.
  21. ^ Karen Talley and Lauren Pollock (January 5, 2011). "BJ's Wholesale Closing Five Stores". My Fox New York. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  22. ^ Owens, Jeremy C. "BJ's Wholesale Club names new chief executive". MarketWatch. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  23. ^ "BJ's has a new president and ceo". Boston Globe. April 20, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  24. ^ Jorge, Kaylin (November 4, 2021). "BJ's submits plans to open store in Middle Tennessee, first location in the state". Fox17. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  25. ^ McCullough, Erin (April 28, 2023). "BJ's Wholesale Club 'another piece of the puzzle' for future Goodlettsville development, city leaders say". WKRN.com. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  26. ^ "BJ's Wholesale Club Announces the Addition of Five New Club Openings for 2023, Including Expansion into its 20th State". March 9, 2023. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  27. ^ Lisa van der Pool (February 23, 2009). "There's new appetite for peddlers of cheap eats". Boston Business Journal.
  28. ^ Plunkett, Jack W. (2008). The Almanac of American Employers 2009. Plunkett Research. p. 192. ISBN 9781593921439. Retrieved January 13, 2015.

External links[edit]

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