FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — BJ’s Wholesale Club said it plans a grand opening for its 200th store here this Friday.
The Westborough, Mass.-based membership-warehouse chain said the celebration, which will include giveaways and family events, is scheduled to last through the weekend. BJ's will offer free reusable shopping bags while supplies last and provide information about the club's selection of organic and all-natural foods.
The new warehouse club has partnered with the VanStory Hills Elementary School as part of BJ's Adopt-a-School program. The school will receive a $1,000 donation to enhance educational programs and curriculum objectives, a shopping cart full of items from the school's wish list valued at $1,500 and a free membership.
"An important part of our company is giving back, and BJ's takes great pride in being a good corporate citizen and supporting the communities in which we live and work," said Jerry Bullock general manager of BJ's in Fayetteville. "We take our responsibility to our new neighbors, who make up this great city, very seriously and look forward to becoming part of the fabric of Fayetteville."
The Fayetteville BJ’s will donate its unsold food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, and to kick off the relationship, BJ's is presenting the food bank with a $2,500 donation. BJ's also is providing $2,500 gift card to the USO of Fayetteville to help support the Airport Travel Center, which serves troops and families who are leaving or arriving to the area.
Lastly, BJ's is donating $2,500 to the Junior League of Fayetteville to sponsor the League's annual fundraiser — the Holly Day Fair. The funds raised by the event supports the League's child mental health programs.
The Fayetteville warehouse club joins eight other BJ's Clubs throughout North Carolina.
BJ's was acquired by an affiliate of Leonard Green & Partners in 2011 and has since added 10 locations.
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